The annual West Indian American Day Parade is one of New York City’s most vibrant and popular events. And yesterday’s festivities didn’t disappoint. More than 2 million people — of all ages, cultures, and affiliations — celebrated along Easter Parkway from Schenectady Avenue to Grand Army Plaza, many decked out in fantastic body paint and colorful plumage.
Tragically, several early morning celebrations near Prospect Park were interrupted by violence — First Deputy Counsel to the Empire State Development Corp, Carey Gabay, was shot in the head by a stray bullet. Another man was stabbed to death a just few blocks away. In a third incident, a 21-year-old man was also shot and hospitalized.
The parade began at 11am and continued into the afternoon. It was a day of young and old, of every West Indian nation dancing together and enjoying each other’s company and culture — from food to music and costume. The West Indian Day Parade is a true representation of what it means to live in Brooklyn.