It was just a few hours before the final parade of the West Indian Day celebration at New York city when news of multiple shootings near the parade route spread like fire. In spite of the tight security and observation of police, several incidents of violence and murder have happened but that could not hamper the parade.
This political event, which celebrates the Caribbean culture and displays the traditional pre-Lenten Carnival festivities have witnessed many such unwanted violent activities for many years. In 2011, a man was shot to death and last year, two people were stabbed at the wake of the festival. This year, it was a 55-year-old man who was shot dead at 3:30 a.m. in Brooklyn’s Crown Heights. In fact, this is not the only one instance of violence in the area and there are multiple other shootings as well that have happened in the vicinity before the parade actually begins at 11:00 a.m.
The famous political faces to have taken part in the parade include names like Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams, who is playing the grand marshal in the event; the Mayor Bill de Blasio and his wife, Chirlane McCray, etc. Everybody taking part in the parade was seen pretty comfortable and joyous in their moods to have best celebrate the event. The best thing to witness in this parade is that the participants enjoy free dance moves while also wearing elaborate, feathered costumes.
The credit for the peaceful ending of the West Indian Day Parade must go to the police who have constantly made it sure that no aggression takes place during the event and nobody is hurt.