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Dazzling Pictures From New York's West Indian Day Parade

The parade is a celebration of Caribbean culture.

Posted on September 1, 2014, at 8:40 p.m. ET

The colorful West Indian Day Parade wound through the streets of Brooklyn Monday.

The parade went down Eastern Parkway and ended at Grand Army Plaza.
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The parade went down Eastern Parkway and ended at Grand Army Plaza.

Monday's procession was part of the West Indian American Day Parade & Carnival, which is in its 47th year.

Emmanuel Pierre (right) and others in Monday's parade.
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Emmanuel Pierre (right) and others in Monday's parade.

The celebration typically draws about 1 million people. Last year, organizers said it was the "largest cultural festival in the country."

This year's parade began on a tragic note, however, after a man opened fire on a crowd before dawn. A man and a woman were struck. The Associated Press reported that the parade "often kicks off under a shadow of violence," with similar events happening before previous parades.
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This year's parade began on a tragic note, however, after a man opened fire on a crowd before dawn. A man and a woman were struck. The Associated Press reported that the parade "often kicks off under a shadow of violence," with similar events happening before previous parades.

The festival is a celebration of Caribbean culture. The parade includes dancers...

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And floats.

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And more dancers.

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And people on stilts.

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And still more dancers, many of whom wore elaborate Carnival costumes.

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Other participants wore traditional dresses.

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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio attended the parade with his family, and spent part of the festivities in mid-air.

Actually, de Blasio and co. were doing the "smackdown" dance, according to the Associated Press.
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Actually, de Blasio and co. were doing the "smackdown" dance, according to the Associated Press.

De Blasio had an especially good time.

It was de Blasio's first time at the parade as mayor. Last year, as a candidate, he received a "raucous reception," the AP reported.
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It was de Blasio's first time at the parade as mayor. Last year, as a candidate, he received a "raucous reception," the AP reported.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo also attended the parade.

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And so did these guys.

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Estimates put the number of New Yorkers of Caribbean heritage at 600,000 or more.

Shaleca Whyte waits to take part in the festivities.
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Shaleca Whyte waits to take part in the festivities.

Many people come to New York just to see the parade.

The festival began last week and wraps up Monday.
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The festival began last week and wraps up Monday.

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