West Indian Day Parade 2022: Back in NYC after 2 years of virtual events (photos)

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NEW YORK (AP) — The steel bands and brightly colored costumes of the Caribbean Carnival returned to the streets of New York City, with the West Indian American Day Parade taking place in person Monday after a coronavirus-induced hiatus. pandemic.

Crowds of people took to the streets of Brooklyn, home to one of the biggest celebrations of Caribbean culture in the world, after two years of virtual events.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Revelers participate in the annual West Indies Day Parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual celebration of Caribbean culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade took place in 2021. The parade follows the street carnival Caribbean, J’ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Brooklyn is where dozens of Caribbean immigrants and their descendants put down roots and turned the Labor Day celebration into a must-attend event, with onlookers and participants carrying flags from a host of countries. .

The main parade began in the late morning and was to continue into the early evening. A separate street party known as J’Ouvert, commemorating the liberation from slavery, took place early in the morning before the start of the biggest parade.

West Indies Day Parade 2022

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Revelers participate in the annual West Indies Day Parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual celebration of Caribbean culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade took place in 2021. The parade follows the street carnival Caribbean, J’ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Outbreaks of violence have occasionally marred both the early morning parade and the main parade, the most publicized being the 2015 death of a then-government aide. Andrew Cuomo lost shots during J’Ouvert hours, which started even earlier and were more informal.

West Indies Day Parade 2022

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: New York Mayor Eric Adams participates in the annual West Indies Day Parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual celebration of Caribbean culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade took place in 2021. The parade follows the street carnival Caribbean, J’ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

Since then, a formal start time for J’Ouvert has been instituted, along with entry checkpoints, as well as an increase in police presence throughout the day.

Police have not reported any incidents related to Monday’s events.

West Indies Day Parade 2022

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: New York Governor Kathy Hochul and Reverend Al Sharpton greet onlookers at the annual West Indies Day Parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual celebration of Caribbean culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade took place in 2021. The parade follows the street carnival Caribbean, J’ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

West Indies Day Parade 2022

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – SEPTEMBER 05: Revelers participate in the annual West Indies Day Parade on September 5, 2022 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. The annual celebration of Caribbean culture returned this year after a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, although a smaller, unofficial parade took place in 2021. The parade follows the street carnival Caribbean, J’ouvert, which draws tens of thousands of costumed celebrants. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)

West Indies Day Parade 2022

People take part in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

Participants dance during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

Costumed participants march during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

Spectators gather to watch the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

A spectator raises a St. Vincent and the Grenadines flag during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

People take part in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

New York Mayor Eric Adams attends the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

Costumed participants march during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

People take part in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

Costumed participants march during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

Costumed participants march during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

U.S. Representative Lee Zeldin, right, takes a photo with spectators during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

Costumed participants march during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

People take part in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in Brooklyn, New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

People take part in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

A costumed participant hydrates during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

Participants practice their dance ahead of the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

People take part in the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

Costumed participants march during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

West Indies Day Parade 2022

New York Governor Kathy Hochul waves to participants during the West Indian Day Parade, Monday, Sept. 5, 2022, in the Brooklyn borough of New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura) AP

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