The annual West Indian–American Day Carnival draws close to two million people to Crown Heights in Brooklyn in September. During the seven-hour New York carnival, steel-pan and calypso bands in elaborate costumes march down Eastern Parkway, and vendors sell homestyle island grub along the route. The pre-parade parties begin before dawn with J’ouvert (daybreak in French), an irreverent festival held before the West Indian Day Parade. Revelers often dress up as political figures or celebrities and throw powdered paint at each other, while steel drums and whistles provide the celebratory soundtrack.
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When is the West Indian Day Parade?
The West Indian Day Parade is on Monday, September 7, 2015.