J'ouvert festival moved to daylight hours

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The late-night J'ouvert festival, an annual pre-celebration leading up to the West Indian Labor Day parade, will now take place during the day, according to organizers.

J'ouvert City International made the announcement, saying the festival start time would be moved from 2 a.m. to 6 a.m.

The festival has been plagued with violence over the years including the fatal shooting of two people last year.

In 2015, Carey Gabay, an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was also fatally shot during the annual celebration.

J'ouvert means "day" or "morning" in French. Some people say changing the time breaks the tradition of the annual event.

"J'ouvert night is basically a tradition," said Michael Thompson, of Crown Heights. "Basically you start from the nighttime to the daytime, you bring in Labor Day."

Others say they think it is better to have the festivities during the day.

Last year, the NYPD began to enforce new safety measures by deploying more officers and the use of flood lights. Organizers this year say that the partnership between police and the community will make it possible for thousands of New Yorkers to enjoy a peaceful celebration.

J'overt will begin on Sept. 4.

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