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West Indian Day Parade Celebrates Caribbean Culture

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The sights and sounds of the Caribbean took over Brooklyn on Monday, as millions of people gathered for the 46th annual West Indian Day Parade. NY1's Jose Martinez filed the following report.

There were feathers, flags, floats and more feathers, all making for a colorful Labor Day spectacle.

The 46th annual West Indian Day parade took over Eastern Parkway on Monday, before a boisterous crowd.

"I love it! Do I look like I love it? I love it!" said one parade goer.

Even on a muggy day, parade goers were captivated by the colorful and traditional outfits of the Caribbean.

More than 40 costumed bands and dozens of floats gave people plenty to look at.

"The costumes are nice. That's how the Caribbean do it," one parade goer said.

"I think the costumes are awesome. Whatever they did, do it again, and I would like to have one," another parade goer said.

Food stands lined the parade route, turning the stretch into a feast for more than just the eyes.

"It feels great to serve our food to the public, to introduce people to our food," said one food stand worker.

What's a little rain when celebrating with more than a million people?

"The rain is putting a damper, but we're still enjoying ourselves," one person said.

"It's even great in the rain. It's nice and warm, and the music's fantastic, and the girls are out with their costumes," another person said.

Grand marshals this year included Borough President Marty Markowitz and recording artist MC Wassy.

"NY1 keep on doing what you're doing for Caribbean culture. Wassy man say so, and it's all good," MC Wassy said.

Police presence was heavy as always, and there were the usual metal barricades along the route, making things a little crowded for some.

"Music's cool, not enough dancing for me. I came here to dance," a parade goer said.

Now, parade goers have next year's event to look forward to.

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