West Indian Day Parade Will Go On, Organizers Say

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The organizers of the West Indian Day Parade said they have no plans to cancel or change the route of the annual Labor Day event despite a rash of violence earlier this week that has been linked to the festivities. 

Despite calls for the parade's cancellation next year, West Indian American Day Carnival Associate organizers said on Wednesday there has been little violence in the parade's history and it would continue on.

There were two shootings during the parade on Monday. Hours later, in a separate incident, two people were killed and two police officers assigned to parade duties were injured in a post-parade shootout blocks from the route.

There were fatal shootings at the parade in 2003 and 2005.

Earlier in the week, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly said it was not necessary to end the parade.