The Eastern Parkway way: Plumage procession at West Indian Day Parade

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CUOMO-TION: Gov. Cuomo and Mayor DeBlasio meet and greet revelers taking in the West Indian American Day Parade.
LEADERS OF THE PACK: The DeBlasio–McCray family marches in the parade that drew hundres of thousands to Crown Heights.
SMACKDOWN: The first family shows off their patented dance routine.
FLAGS TO RICHES: Harmony Williams and her cousin Maya Webster wave Guyanese and American flags.
GALS ON PARADE: Women strutted their stuff in elaborate feather costumes
DRAGONFORCE: A dragon roars along the parade route. And get a load of the dragon commander’s gold lace down to his shoes!
FEATHER THE STORM: She’s more than just channeling a peacock — she’s wearing one!
STUDS AND DUDS: A dancer incorporated punk rock spikes and studs into her elaborate costume.
HE’S GOT GAME: This guy got in on the action, too.

Hundreds of thousands of revelers flocked to Crown Heights on Sept 1. to shake a tail-feather and scarf a jerk-chicken leg or five as part of the annual West Indian American Day Parade.

Borough President Adams presided as grand marshal and Mayor DeBlasio and his family marched down Eastern Parkway among dancers, dragons, and the many flags of the Caribbean. The first family took a moment mid-march to reprise their “Smackdown” group dance routine, the palm-licking, ground-slapping number first unveiled at last year’s parade in the run-up to the 2013 election. Gov. Cuomo was also spotted hoofing it with the procession and pressing the flesh along the barricades just eight days ahead of this year’s Sept. 9 primary.

The West Indian Day Parade tradition began in Manhattan in the 1920s and moved to Crown Heights in the late 1960s, where it has remained ever since. It regularly draws upwards of a million participants and spectators, and features the costumes, street food, and booming music of numerous Caribbean islands and countries on the Caribbean coast of South America.

Reach reporter Noah Hurowitz at or by calling (718) 260-4505. Follow him on Twitter @noahhurowitz
Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

JAY from NYC says:
What was the final total of those who got shot at this event this year? Anyone know?
Sept. 3, 2014, 10:08 pm
Kelly from Cobble Hill says:
They were waiting for you to show up.
Sept. 4, 2014, 5:27 am
Ted from Park Slope says:
I was wondering about the death toll too. I hope it wasn't too high this year. So sad, this parade.
Sept. 4, 2014, 3:20 pm
Kay from Canarsie says:
Except people aren't usually shot during the parade. There is violence that occurs in the neighborhood before and after, but people need to start questioning the narrative of the parade equaling shootouts.
Sept. 5, 2014, 4:28 pm

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