(09/04/06) LIVINGSTON &舑; Brooklyn residents gathered along the Easter Parkway Monday to watch the 39th Annual West Indian Day Parade.

The event was marked with pageantry, music, and most importantly, food. All types of recipes were available to parade onlookers, who ate and enjoyed the parade festivities. Residents say they enjoyed the festive and carefree atmosphere along the parade route.

Event organizers say when the carnival celebration started nearly 40 years ago, it was only made up of a few dozen people. However, they estimate the attendance number at this year&舗;s event to be about 2 million.

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