J’Ouvert, West Indian Day Parade Joyful Despite The Rain

J’Ouvert, West Indian Day Parade Joyful Despite The Rain
The West Indian Day Parade was a soggy affair as rain poured on revelers, but didn’t dampen spirits. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

CROWN HEIGHTS – The Labor Day streets of Crown Heights were jammed with people attired in elaborate and colorful costumes at the West Indian American Day Parade.

Revelers at the annual J’Ouvert on Empire Blvd Monday morning. Todd Maisel/Bklyner
Revelers at the annual J’Ouvert on Empire Blvd Monday morning. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

The NYPD deployed a record number of officers to the events, placing checkpoints at the J’Ouvert festival that required celebrants to pass through metal detectors to prevent weapons from being brought to the 6 a.m. parade from Empire Blvd in Crown Heights to Nostrand Avenue in Flatbush.

There was heavy security for the J’Ouvert and everyone was checked with metal detectors before entering Empire Blvd. in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

The twin celebrations are a mix of Caribbean culture, which attract thousands of spectators throughout the day.

Float at the annual J’Ouvert on Empire Blvd Monday morning. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

The J’Ouvert celebration was somewhat smaller than in past years.

NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill reviews the start of the annual J’Ouvert on Empire Blvd before the West Indian Day Parade. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

This year, as was in the past, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill and Chief of Department Terrence Monahan personally oversaw the security for the J’Ouvert and the West Indian Day Parade which has also been an ignition point for violence between rival gangs.

Revelers get crazy at the annual J’Ouvert on Empire Blvd Monday morning. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

Security at the Eastern Parkway parade was tight as large numbers of officers patrolled the site and officers walked the route with celebrants, using nets to keep revelers from backtracking.

The West Indian Day Parade was a soggy affair as rain poured on revelers, but didn’t dampen spirits. Celebrants brave the rain for the parade. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

However, the West Indian Day Parade was a mostly soggy event as heavy rains and later thunder and lightning put a damper on some of the celebrants and dancers who suffered from running make-up and soaking costumes, and floats were covered in tarps to protect sound equipment.

The West Indian Day Parade was a soggy affair as rain poured on revelers, but didn’t dampen spirits. Todd Maisel/Bklyner
The West Indian Day Parade was a soggy affair as rain poured on revelers, but didn’t dampen spirits. Todd Maisel/Bklyner

The parade has been held in Crown Heights since 1969, but started in the 1940s in Harlem.

The West Indian Day Parade was a soggy affair as rain poured on revelers, but didn’t dampen spirits. Mayor Bill de Blasio was accompanied by his wife Chirlane McCray at the parade. Todd Maisel/Bklyner
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