The Caribbean parade in NYC will be on 9/4/2017 (PHOTOS/VIDEOS).
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Tuesday, August 29, 2017. New York City – The New York Caribbean parade (also known as the West Indian American Labor Day Parade) will be on Monday, September 4, 2017. This is one of the best parades in NYC and in the United States of America.
The parade starts at Eastern Pkwy and Utica Ave. See map.
According to the West Indian American Day Carnival Association (WIADCA), organizers of the carnival in New York City, “Ms. Jessie Wardell and some of her West Indian friends started the Carnival in Harlem in the 1930?s by staging costume parties in large enclosed places – like the Savoy, Renaissance and Audubon Ballrooms due to the cold wintry weather of February. This is the usual time for the pre-Lenten celebrations held in most countries around the world. However, because of the very nature of Carnival and the need to parade in costume to music – in door confinement did not work.
The earliest known Carnival street activity was held during the 1940?s when Ms. Wardell, secured the first street permit for a parade type event on the streets of Harlem. During the 1960?s, another Trinidadian – Rufus Goring, brought Carnival to Brooklyn. In 1967, Goring passed the reigns over to Carlos Lezama, who became president of WIADCA and who nurtured the organization and carnival celebrations till 2001, when, due to his ill-health he retired and his daughter, Yolanda Lezama-Clark served as president till 2011. Thomas Bailey was elected president in 2012 and continue to serve. All lived in Trinidad & Tobago during their early lives.
“The New York Caribbean Carnival Parade” has grown over the years from thousands of participants and tourists to over 1 million people in attendance since the mid – 1990?s according to then Mayor Rudy Giuliani. The influx of tourists from all over the world has benefited New York City on an economic level, most recognizably with large corporations, small businesses and the tourist/service industries.”
The 2017 J’Ouvert Parade will start at approximately 6 a.m. on Monday, September 4, 2017. Starts at Grand Army Plaza, goes south on Flatbush Avenue, east on Empire Boulevard, south on Nostrand Avenue, ending at Midwood Street.
There will be an increased NYPD presence and lighting along the parade route. Parade goers will be screened for alcohol and weapons upon entering.
The name J’Ouvert originates from the French jour ouvert, meaning day break or morning, and signals the start of Carnival.
Steel band music is the dominating sound of J’Ouvert as revelers take to the street wining and chipping their way in the early hours before the daytime West Indian Day Carnival.