New Yorkers celebrate West Indian American Day with smaller, virtual events
Smaller in size but not in excitement - dozens came out to celebrate and march for the annual West Indian America Day Carnival Association mini parade in Crown Heights on Labor Day.
With the cut of the ribbon, Eastern Parkway transformed into a Caribbean dance party, but on a much smaller scale than in previous years.
"It is so important to continue the tradition and not to let COVID get in the way," Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams says.
The crowd and route were smaller, but the atmosphere still large as can be.
Everyone represented their culture with pride. Along the route, members of the NYPD made sure everyone was safe but also enjoying themselves too. Some officers even jumped in to dance during the dance party.
"Every year, we've been out here even through COVID. We need to make sure everybody has a good time still celebrating, of course with social distancing and we know that the delta variant is still out there but we still want to make sure that we have as much fun as possible," says Lamont Joseph of WIADCA.
The mini parade wrapped up at the Brooklyn Museum.