Closing Bell: West Indian Day Parade in Crown Heights Monday

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If you live in Crown Heights, you’ve seen the bright, elaborate costumes, the stiltwalkers and the steel drums that herald the coming of the West Indian Day Parade, which happens Monday along Eastern Parkway. There’s a full schedule of events happening all weekend at the Brooklyn Museum, starting tonight with a “Caribbean Woodstock” concert featuring a long list of popular Caribbean and West Indian musicians. Tomorrow there’s a free showcase of young reggae, steel-pan, rap, dance and spoken word performers in the afternoon, and a big brass and reggae concert is slated for the evening.

The Junior Carnival Parade starts at 9 am Saturday and will wend its way down St. Johns Place, starting at Brooklyn Avenue and continuing to Franklin, and then heading south down Franklin and west on President Street. Finally, the big parade will step off at 11 am Monday at Eastern Parkway and Schenectady Avenue, bringing music, floats and all kinds of Caribbean food and craft vendors to the thoroughfare. Check out the Carnival’s website for the schedule, tickets and more details.

Photo by Gerald

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  • Isn’t this the parade with all the shootings?

  • No, you’ve got it right. This is the shooty parade. Also the one that’s so damn loud that you can hear it like its right outside your front door all the way in Park Slope.

  • Mr. Hancock, it never ceases to amaze me why you chose to live among people of color when you obviously have nothing good to say about us, and can’t abide our presence. Your posts from the very beginning here are nothing but complaints about the street you live on, the people around you, crime, litter, the stores, the schools, the people around you, the culture, the lack of amenities, the people around you….Is your (once) cheap real estate really worth living around us? I”m really tired of your “innocent” racism, (“Is this the parade with all the shootings?”), and that includes your avatar.


    To all of you, yes, the WI Parade has had a couple of incidents where people were shot. There has been some other violence here and there over the years. It’s always been between factions that hate each other, not random violence. That doesn’t make it any better, or excuse it. The organizers and police have been trying to stop it since it began, but you have to make it sound like it’s the OK Corral, or the St. Valentine’s Day Massacre. It is not. There are tens of thousands of people out there every year having a great time, and they aren’t worrying about getting shot or hurt. Do you think people would allow their children to march or would bring their children to watch if they thought they were going to get hurt? Or that the city would allow the parade to run, year after year?


    And not just Caribbean folk either, this parade draws people of all backgrounds from all over the city, and even the world. To dismiss it as the “shooty parade” is a slap in the face to the thousands who attend, the organizers, the musicians, food vendors, and most of all, to the people who spend an entire year planning and making the elaborate costumes that grace the parade. It’s a great celebration of Caribbean culture and of Brooklyn. Long may it blast.

  • You’re right Montrose – I’m always amazed how MrHancock and others are always critical of their surroundings – if you don’t like any of it – why don’t you live someplace else – take your “Columbus” attitude and go……

  • what happens when “factions that hate each other” are not that accurate with their shots?

  • If “MrHancock” does not attend the parade, and desires not to be among people of color, that’s a plus for all of us.

  • pigthree – That’s what the police are for. It’s their duty to respond to crime, such as when a teen-aged white kid shoots a school full of innocent men, women and children with an assault rifle.

  • I thank Mr. Hancock secretly likes living among the “natives” – it gives him life – because he doesn’t have one….

  • Anyone want to guess the number of shootings at the shooty parade this year? My guess is 4.

  • Or when a white kid shoot his mother and a school full of innocent people and then kills himself.

  • Or when white supremacist terrorists bomb a public building and kill 168 innocent people and wound more than 680 others.

  • Or when two white high school kids murder 12 innocent students and one teacher, and injure another 21 people, and then kill themselves.

  • I don’t take advice from child molesters.

  • Wow. This devolved quickly.

    Really disappointed in you Montrose, for taking this to a racist place. No one said anything about “people of color” until you brought it up. Now its a conversation about black violence vs white violence — rather than just violence in this parade (which would actually be on topic).

    The fact is, this IS the shooty parade, because it has more violence year after year than others (not a fan of other parades either, for what its worth). No one said its shooty because a lot of “people of color” show up.

    This is the kind of martyr-esque attitude that keeps racism going. Like i mentioned, no one said anything about race until Montrose brought it up and made it about race. Disappointing.

    • Really? It’s MY fault? Please.

      Of course it’s about race. One of the most insidious parts of racism is the denial of its existence, and the lame attempt to put the blame back on those who talk honestly about race and call them the racists. Well, it doesn’t hold water. Mr. Hancock and No Permits made it racial/ethnic with their uncalled for comments about shooting and stabbing.


      No one is being a martyr here. Your attempt to deny that we have serious racial problems in this country is part of the problem. Racism didn’t go away when Obama became president or Jay Z and Beyonce became the “it” couple. This idea that if you bring up race, the last elephant in the room, you are a racist, is absurd. When people throw around phrases like “he tossed out the race card,” they are merely attempts to trivialize real issues and real problems. My “martyresque attitude,” whatever the hell that means, is not what’s keeping racism going, it’s the oh-so-subtle, and “what did I say, I never mentioned race?” attitude of people like Mr. Hancock and No Permits that keeps racism going.


      If you find that “disappointing”, well, I’m sorry, but I’m going to speak out when I see it. The days when people can feel comfortable throwing out racial epithets without censure may be over, and you can no longer overtly discriminate with Jim Crow laws, but racism is still very, very much with us, and its main weapon now is the attempt to discredit its existence, and those who call it as they see it. Personally, that’s worse than being called a name out in the street.

  • Where is the best place to watch the parade and the pan contest on Saturday? Are the Saturday events super crowded?

    • @trudylou, I have attended the Children’s Parade on Saturday. It is very beautiful to see te little children in colorful costumes having a good time. And it is not too crowded, unless you are at the Museum stage.

    • From one of the NYPD security towers; they offer a panoramic view, with the added bonus of bulletproof glass.

      Simply climb up, & walk right in for a quick look. No need to bother them with a knock; they are quite busy, after all.

      Your next view will be at eye level, from the comfortable back seat of a cruiser.

      You can’t go wrong – enjoy!

  • Actually it’s thinly veiled racist attitudes, like those of MrHancock and no-permits/Child Molester, that “keep racism going.” If you think we people of color mistake your inferences for innocent commentary, you’re quite wrong. You’re disappointed? How unfortunate!

  • I LOVE THIS PARADE!! I’ve been going for the past 2 years and plan on attending Monday. I feel like I’m at the world’s largest BBQ and I’ve never seen so many sub-woofers on the back of a semi before. Trick is to go early and enjoy the day. IT’S CARNIVALE!!!

  • I have always wanted to see the whole thing and I went once by myself, early. But I found that I couldn’t leave my space closest to the road to get a drink or else lose my spot and there are so many people you can’t see from the back.. You have to bring a portable chair and a friend. I waited for a while for the real parade but after an hour and a half of politicians being annoying, I went home. There’s lots of nice food at the parade and the partying starts the day before and goes all night long. I met a woman on the train last year on Labor Day, also early in the am, who had colorful streaks painted on her face. There were tons of people with colored paint on their clothes and face paint and I was wondering what was going on. She explained that it was part of the Labor Day, Caribbean Day parade celebration and that she had been up partying all night and so were all the other people with the paint. She told me that she was going home to get ready for work but if she were off, she would be partying all weekend long. My dancing in the street days are over though and gradually I am also starting to get aggravated by parades. It also goes for street fairs too. I admit I’m a crank.

  • Hey CGar, I know that was a long-winded comment, with no paragraph breaks but don’t give me a hard time!!

  • Well said MM. Continue to post and speak out on this site. You command a lot of respect and have a lot more silent ‘fans’ than any of the disgruntled complaining nitpicks on here that spend their time making disparaging comments on this (spillover from the NYPost).

    • Anyone have the final total of gunshot victims from the parade this year? Last I heard was 1 dead 5 wounded.

      • The shootings, as horrible as they were, happened at 3:30 in the morning, BEFORE the parade. No one who attended the parade was in danger of getting shot, and no one was. A bazillion people enjoyed themselves, as always. The shooting took place six blocks from Eastern Parkway.


        Is that acceptable? Of course not. The police did catch a career criminal with a rap sheet as long as your arm. Good. However, while the parade, which didn’t kick off until almost 8 hours later, was the reason this group of people was up late celebrating, it is not the cause, or the occasion of any shooting. The answer to your initial “question” that “Isn’t this the parade with all the shooting?” proved to be “no”.