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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