BROOKLYN - Preparations are underway for the 40th West Indian-American Day Parade in Brooklyn, except this time the event will go on without its founder.

Carlos Lezama, known as the father of the parade, died last January at 83. Lezama served as president of the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association. He started the parade to unify West Indian people living in New York.

The parade is still going strong, with about 3 million people expected to line Eastern Parkway and other Brooklyn streets for the annual Labor Day event. Spectators will take in Caribbean music, traditional costumes and good food.

News 12 Brooklyn will have live coverage of the event Monday, September 3.