So damn beautiful
LABOR DAY CARNIVAL PARADE - BROOKLYN, NEW YORK
Crown Heights, for the most part a lower middle-class residential area, lies on both sides of the ridge of Eastern Parkway. The section was known as Crow Hill until 1916, when Crown Street was cut through.
—New York City Guide (WPA, 1939)
Each year on Labor Day a joyful, proud, wild, raucous, swirl of dancing, music and color winds its way through my neighborhood of Crown Heights, Brooklyn. Beginning at 11am, the route follows Eastern Parkway from Schenectady Avenue to Grand Army Plaza. Organized by the West Indian American Day Carnival Association, the “Labor Day Carnival Parade” has become the largest cultural festival in the country, drawing millions of people — both participants and spectators. Some of the countries represented include Barbados, Belize, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent, Suriname and Trinidad and Tobago, among others.
In the 1920s, immigrants from Trinidad and other Caribbean islands with a carnival tradition began celebrating carnival in private indoor spaces in Harlem — like the Savoy, Renaissance and Audubon Ballrooms — due to the cold weather of February, the traditional pre-Lenten period. In the mid-1940s, Trinidadian Jesse Waddle organized a Labor Day street festival on 7th Avenue in Harlem, starting at 110th St. The parade permit for Harlem was revoked in 1964, but five years later a committee headed by Carlos Lezama, which eventually became the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association, obtained permission to parade on Eastern Parkway, where it remains today.
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I was supposed to go to the Carnival Parade today but I was too lazy :(:(:(
I’d like to attend one day
I’ve been once and never had the urge to go again. I always feel like I may die if I go (I legit had to start running at j’ouvert).
Is ole boy in the second picture (Purple headpiece, blue loincloth) trying to come for Ashy Larry’s spot tho?
I love how these girls act like they ain’t broke. Like they don’t drive a 92 accord and live In a studio apartment w/ no running water because they spend their pay checks on outfits from forever 21 and bottle service.
Squat game 3 hunna