West Indian Day Parade 2011

The annual Labor Day parade celebrates the culture of the Caribbean islands and is one of the city's largest outdoors events. Modeled on traditional Carnival festivities, it features dancers wearing enormous feathered costumes, music and plenty of food.

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A reveler looks on during the West Indian-American Day Parade on September 5, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City. More than 2 million spectators were expected to attend the celebration of Caribbean culture. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)
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Revelers dance during the West Indian-American Day Parade September 5, 2011 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.
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More than 2 million spectators were expected to attend the celebration of Caribbean culture.
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A reveler walks on stilts during the West Indian-American Day Parade.
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A reveler looks on during the West Indian-American Day Parade.
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The annual Labor Day parade celebrates the culture of the Caribbean islands and is one of the city's largest outdoors events.
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Modeled on traditional Carnival festivities, it features dancers wearing enormous feathered costumes, music and plenty of food.
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This year's parade was marked by violence, as three people were shot at the beginning of the parade route in Crown Heights.
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A reveler dances during the West Indian-American Day Parade.
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A reveler looks on during the West Indian-American Day Parade.
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Police officers lined the streets to thwart any additional violence.
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A reveler looks on during the West Indian-American Day Parade.
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The face paint was particularly extraordinary this year.
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Revelers laugh during the parade, which marches down Eastern Parkway to Grand Army Plaza in Prospect Heights.
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