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West Indian American Parade in Brooklyn New York City
06-06 September
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The West-Indian American Day Parade is New York City's largest parade.

The West Indian-American Day Parade brings together a group of people with diverse island cultures. New York City's West Indian-American Day celebrations were founded by the Trinidad Carnival Pageant Committee, a group that began hosting street festivals in Harlem in the 1940s. In the late 1960s, the festivities were moved to Brooklyn, and the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association was formed. The parade begins at the corner of Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway and ends near Grand Army Plaza. Today the annual parade gives revelers a chance to celebrate their Caribbean culture. Both participants and parade-goers proudly display their national pride, and the flags of an assortment of island nations fly high throughout the day. Just as there are hundreds of thousands of people in the streets during West Indian-American Day, there's a seemingly endless array of Caribbean dishes from which to choose. Stands along Eastern Parkway sell everything from jerk chicken, roti, salt fish, oxtail, and coo coo soup to macaroni pie and coconut bread. The immense amount of work and creativity devoted to costumes and floats--and the Carnival tradition--is evident in Brooklyn each year.

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