Tuesday, September 05, 2006

West Indian Day Madness!


Oh my Gosh. The West Indian Day parade snuck up on me again. I guess with all the partying I did this summer, its only fair that my favorite event came in kind of quietly (for me) and luckily for me, it was held around the corner from my crib.

For those that don’t know, the West Indian Day Parade in BK is a direct off shoot of Carnival.
I like it because it’s so much like Mardi Gras, but different. Yet, the Same. For the people who live outside of NYC or just aren’t too familiar with the how we roll, this celebration is major. It’s an opportunity of the residents of Brooklyn (and NYC) to come together and celebrate all things Caribbean, all things Carnival, and all things joyous. Below are some of the pics I took on my way from my house, to the carnival, as well as 2 or 3 shots I took on my way to run a quick errand that morning.

FYI, my hood one of the hoods that everybody has to pass by when walking to the parade (they close down the streets to car traffic) so a lot of these pics are of people either going to or coming from the festivities. Oh yeah, I realize that alot of people who visit my blog do so from out of state. Some of you guys havent been to NYC and probably arent too familiar with any part of it that wasnt shownon either Seinfeld or Sex and the City. So..... Let Dexstarg be your eye. From now on, I'll try to shoot my slideshows for the "tourists".



That means, take a chance and click on some of the pics in the slide show. Some of the crowd shots are high resolution (really really big), so when you click on them, you can actually SEE the crowd, the streets, the clothes, the NYC of it.


Enjoy!

12 comments:

Saun said...

Great pics. I've tried to get to the parade twice but have never seen it. The first time it rained and the last time (about 2 years ago) I got there just after somebody got shot and things were starting to disperse. Maybe next year.

The Sauce said...

Wow, Dex, as usual your pictures are just.. I'm at a loss for word. They're beautiful. You really captured the essence of this day

Dex said...

I was tryin to show our people gettin it goin, but its an event best captured with a video camera. Just so much happening all at once and they all are connected..

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Julia_Claudine_Deveraux said...

Just wow Dexy! These pics are great! You really have a great relationship with the camera. Even your dirty laundry is hot hehe!

Raskl said...

I have been going to this event for years and unfortunately I had to miss it this year. Labor day weekend is a geat weekend in NY city. Your pictures take me there for a minute.

Ninjagirrl is in the building said...

I'se so in love wit' you. how much you ask? let me count the ways......
1, 2, 3...damn it's too foggy out to be counting, the itis settling in too....just know its a lot....

Dex said...

ooh... Let me finish for you..

where was we at..? oh yeah! 3, 4, 5.... oh shit, *burb* the itis.....

:)

LibraGurl said...

As always, these pics are great...this event looks like a really good time. Next time you come to Detroit, we're hangin...got it? good :-)

dareal_aka_alex2.0 said...

does this festival have the elaborate costumes like i've seen in pics of carnival down in brazil? i've never been to anything like this, but it looks really fun.

Dex said...

Dareal.. its an offshoot of the Carnival in Trinidad and Tobego from which all other Carnivals sprung (well, the Trini one has roots in Venice).

Costumes are required and yes, you will see alot of them. THe one in BK is Large, but the one in Brazil sits it down, easy.

Come to Brooklyn for Labor day next year... its an economical alternative for Carnival!

Anonymous said...

Great pics,nex year can i come
and stay with you and attend
event...