The Brooklyn Labour Day Parade, also referred to as the "New York Caribbean Carnival Parade", or the "West Indian Day Parade", is an annual carnival and parade taking place in Brooklyn, New York, during the month of September. The event is claimed, by many, to be the largest Caribbean carnival outside of the Caribbean, trumping the equivalent "The Notting Hill Carnival", an annual event, taking place in London, U.K.
The highlight and focal point for the parade is the Eastern Parkway, a grand boulevard that pierces through the heart of Brooklyn. Here, people flock the street to tune in on steel and calypso bands as well as the latest reggae and dancehall sounds as they marvel at the impressive costumes, all while revelling in a Caribbean culture and tradition.
It is not often one come across an event or forum with as many people centred in one location, or in this case along a route. Perhaps, the only other places one finds such a concentration of people in celebratory mood are sport events or concerts, yet, as a spectator at such events, you are restricted in terms of movement - certainly not here. Here you can roam the streets freely, taking in the vibe as you consume the many sights and sounds.
I wanted to capture images that did the carnival justice in terms of showing the concentration of crowds, and activity which takes place along the boulevard, but also the mellow feel which does exists - believe it or not.
The parade has grown significantly over the past years, and is now considered one of New York's annual highlights, attracting not only locals but also tourists from all parts of the globe, constituting an impressive melting pot of cultures and peoples.