The annual West Indian Day Parade kicked off Monday in the Crown Heights neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York. The parade is the culmination of the West Indian American carnival, a multi-day event that celebrates Caribbean and South American heritage representing several countries including Haiti, Barbados, Jamaica, Guyana and Belize.
The carnival has a long history in New York City, dating back to celebrations in Harlem in the 1920s.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio joined festivities Monday, kicking off the parade with his wife Chirlane McCray, who is of Bajan and St. Lucian descent. Read more…
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