Also known as the West Indian Day Parade, the Labor Day Parade, which was held on Monday, is the biggest annual event in New York City that celebrates Caribbean culture.
Bringing together thousands of New Yorkers, as well as, other participants from outside the city with Caribbean roots, the carnival gives that home-away-from-home feeling, as revellers are entertained with live music from steel pan bands and marching bands.
The carnival float, which features participants parading the streets dressed in eye-catching costumes and draped in beautiful accessories, is also one of the highlights of the festivities.
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Before the parade kicks off, the J’ouvert is held in the early hours of the morning. Meaning “day break” in French, the J’ouvert celebrations feature a ritual known as jab jab, in which participants smear themselves with motor oil and also wear cow horns while dancing energetically.
These celebrations affirm the participants’ pride in their Caribbean identity and culture.
Though there was a downpour during this year’s parade, it did not stop revellers from having the time of their lives as thousands lined up to witness and take part in the float and festivities.
Take a look at some photos and coverage of the festivities below: