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Monday, September 05, 2011

One of the revelers in the 2011 West Indian-American Day Carnival Parade. One of the revelers in the 2011 West Indian-American Day Carnival Parade. (Mansoor Khan/WNYC)

The 2011 West Indian American Day Carnival parade made its way up Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn on Monday. The festival, which is the city's annual celebration of Caribbean culture, brought about 2 million people to the borough.

Check out photos of the parade below.

Swag from the islands for sale at the parade.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
Swag from the islands for sale at the parade.
A man strolls along one of the side roads of Eastern Parkway with his pet lizard.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
A man strolls along one of the side roads of Eastern Parkway with his pet lizard.
Two young ladies dressed in classic carnival garb took a break from the parade.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
Two young ladies dressed in classic carnival garb took a break from the parade.
Marchers in the 2011 West Indian-American Day carnival parade.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
Marchers in the 2011 West Indian-American Day carnival parade.
A Mack Truck decorated with a Trinidad and Tobago flag serves as a soundsystem.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
A Mack Truck decorated with a Trinidad and Tobago flag serves as a soundsystem.
Hanging out on the back of the soundsystem.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
Hanging out on the back of the soundsystem.
There were also some cool hairdos to be found on the sidelines of the parade.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
There were also some cool hairdos to be found on the sidelines of the parade.
Trini-Tobago pride.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
Trini-Tobago pride.
One of the revelers in the 2011 West Indian-American Day Carnival Parade.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
One of the revelers in the 2011 West Indian-American Day Carnival Parade.
Street eats at the West Indian-American Day Carnival Parade.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
Street eats at the West Indian-American Day Carnival Parade.
A roti was just one of the mouthwatering options for a parade snack.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/Joe Perez
A roti was just one of the mouthwatering options for a parade snack.
Smokers were wheeled out of U-Hauls and backyards for the carnival parade.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Smokers were wheeled out of U-Hauls and backyards for the carnival parade.
Food vendors lined the bike-ped path along Eastern Parkway.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
Food vendors lined the bike-ped path along Eastern Parkway.
More street eats...
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
More street eats...
A NYPD chopper hovered over Eastern Parkway.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
A NYPD chopper hovered over Eastern Parkway.
Revelers hung out on cars to catch a glimpse of the parade.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
Revelers hung out on cars to catch a glimpse of the parade.
This cop car became another place where revelers passed the time on Monday.
Abbie Fentress Swanson/WNYC
This cop car became another place where revelers passed the time on Monday.
Crown Heights residents also watched the parade from fire escapes.
Mansoor Khan/WNYC
Crown Heights residents also watched the parade from fire escapes.

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Comments [3]

Susan

I love the Brooklyn Carnival! I drove up from Maryland & supported my band Panstars from Philly! We chipped it out in the heavy rain & I was exhilirated! The only down side I see is that there was 1 porta potty every mile or so.... for thousands of people!... who are drinking water & alot of other stuff! I actually went inside a park where the fence was broken, with countless others but I was wondering how the city must smell when it's over!! Why wouldn't the city want that s**t contained? I just don't get it!! I guess peeing in public is part of the carnival!!

Sep. 04 2012 08:00 PM
chenice from nyc

having lived in London for 20 years and now living in crown heights.
the notting hill carnival has more live music, bigger crowds, more violence and hostility than the Brooklyn carnival there is a lots less pushing and shoving at Bklyn-for me Brooklyn wins hands down-can't wait for next years.
Also Island identity is more prominent in Bklyn

Sep. 07 2011 02:51 PM
Anne N from Brighton

I recently went to The Nottinghill Carnival, a yearly event here in the UK, where I live.
It would be so interesting to compare that with the the West Indian Day Carnival in Brooklyn, a silmilar event.

Has anyone been to both and can offer a comparison?

Sep. 06 2011 07:34 AM

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