Sunday, 4 September 2016

West Indian Day Parade returns to Crown Heights for annual Labor Day celebration

Get street closure information, parade route, and more here

On Labor Day, summer’s unofficial end of summer holiday, the 2016 West Indian Day Parade will take shape along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn. The event is a celebration of Caribbean culture, tradition, and arts where nearly two million people from around the world travel to Crown Heights to take part in the festivities. The event is preceded by a day-break festival named J’Ouvert (derived from the French words jour ouvert which translates to "day break") that starts around 2 a.m. and continues until around 10 a.m. During J’Ouvert, participants dress up in elaborate and over-the-top costumes and party to the sounds of Soca and Calypso music while powdered paint is thrown around, covering participants in bright colors.

This year, city officials and the NYPD are putting forth extra efforts to ensure that the events are safer for its participants. Last year, an aide to Governor Cuomo was inadvertently struck and killed by senseless gun violence at the joyous festival. The city is working hard to make sure that this year’s festivities go forth without incidents.

The parade will begin at Schenectady Avenue, then travel along Eastern Parkway before ending at Grand Army Plaza. Of course, with any mass festival comes disruptions to normal traffic and transit patterns. Below is a list of planned street closures (h/t NBC). MTA service information for the events can be found here.

On Monday, September 5th from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m., the following streets will be closed for J'ouvert:

Eastern Parkway between Washington Avenue and Plaza Street East

Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza/East Drive and Empire Boulevard

Empire Boulevard between Flatbush and Nostrand avenues

Nostrand Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Midwood Street

Nostrand Avenue between Midwood Street and Rutland Road

Empire Boulevard between McKeever Place and Bedford Avenue

Empire Boulevard between Bedford and Rogers avenues

Nostrand Avenue between Sterling Street and Lefferts Avenue

On Monday, September 5th from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the following streets will be closed for the West Indian Day Parade:

Buffalo Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Rutland Road

Rochester Avenue between East New York and Sterling Place

Ralph Avenue between Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue

East New York Avenue between Howard and Utica avenues

Eastern Parkway between Howard Avenue and Grand Army Plaza

Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza and Caton Avenue

Ocean Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Parkside Avenue

Butler Place between Grand Army Plaza and Sterling Place

St. Johns Place between Underhill Avenue and Grand Army Plaza

Rockaway Parkway between East New York Avenue and Rutland Road

Parkside Avenue between Park Circle and Flatbush Avenue

Bedford Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard

Empire Boulevard between Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Avenue

Nostrand Avenue between Empire Boulevard and Linden Boulevard

Lincoln Place between Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue



from
http://ny.curbed.com/2016/9/4/12792106/west-indian-day-parade-2016-street-closures-nyc

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