BROOKLYN - The West Indian American Day Carnival dates back to the 1930s, when it began as a street festival celebrating Caribbean culture, arts and history.

Now, it's an annual affair where brightly costumed revelers take part in a weeklong extravaganza that kicks off with Monday's parade.

Organizers took a double-decker bus tour this year to preview the various costumes.

Many are handcrafted specially for the event. Informal groups pick separate themes, but they are all colorful and vibrant. 

News 12's coverage of the parade begins at 7:30 a.m. Monday.