Scenes from the West Indian Day Parade

The West Indian Day Parade, an annual celebration of Caribbean culture taking place each Labor Day Weekend in Crown Heights, returned on Monday and, despite reports of violence (including a tragic incident that involved gang shootings that critically injured a lawyer for Governor Cuomo's administration, an innocent bystander), the festivities continued on, as exuberant as ever. The day started with the pre-dawn party called J'ouvert taking place in the early morning before revelers hit the parade route streets, and Paper's Rebecca Smeyne was on hand to capture all the glittery, feathery, fabulous vibes. Take a look at photos below.

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

west indian parade

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