Crown Heights was filled with the sights and sounds of the West Indies on Monday.
The 47th annual West Indian Carnival and Parade began making its way along Eastern Parkway starting at 11 a.m.
The event draws millions of spectators each year with its colorful floats and costumes celebrating Caribbean pride and culture.
The annual Dimanche Gras concert was held last night ahead of the parade.
The dreary weather couldn't dampen the spirits of revelers and performers who danced the night away.
Despite concerns about safety and security today, organizers expect everything to go off without a hitch.
"The police department giving us a segment captain for each couple of blocks who is responsible for those blocks with a crew of police officers. If there is an issue within a block there someone with some supervision and can take charge within a minute or two," said William Howard, president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.
Police Commissioner William Bratton spoke with NY1 about the atmosphere.
"It's a great crowd, great crowd and it's actually just starting to build up. By 3 o'clock is really when you get to the peak of the crowd. But it's building nicely," he said.
When asked about how the parade has changed since he marched in 1994, Bratton said, "It's grown bigger in terms of just the numbers. It's just wonderful. It's really become a true celebration."
Earlier in the week, the 77th precinct distributed flyers reminding parade-goers that police will be cracking down on quality-of-life violations like alcohol consumption and very loud music during and after the event.
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