J’ouvert: See the Party Before the West Indian Day Parade (Photos)

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    Hours before the floats and their revelers march down Eastern Parkway for the West Indian Day Parade, J’ouvert makes its way through the streets. Here are some colorful images from this year’s ecstatic celebration of Caribbean culture, which took place early Monday morning.

    Many participants coat themselves in oil or mud to portray Jab Jab, a personification of both the devil and slavery. Participants often throw baby powder, paint, and sparkles.

    Despite the majority of celebrants’ good intentions, unfortunately this year’s J’ouvert was marred by tragic shootings.

    West Indian Day Parade Coverage [Brownstoner]
    Photos by Cheney Orr

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