J’Ouvert, West Indian Day Parade Today

J’Ouvert, West Indian Day Parade Today


IN DAYTONA BEACH, HILARY LANE, CBS 2 NEWS. THANK YOU SO MUCH HAPPENING TODAY IN BROOKLYN, A MASSIVE CELEBRATION OF CARIBBEAN CULTURE, J’OUVERT, IS SET TO GET UNDER WAY. IT IS EXPECTED TO DRAW 2 MILLION SPECTATORS. AUNDREA CLINE-THOMAS IS LIVE IN PROSPECT HEIGHTS WITH MORE ON TODAY’S FESTIVITIES. Reporter: GOOD MORNING, WE SPOKE TO SOME PARTICIPANTS WHO SAY THEY PLAN FOR THIS DAY ALL YEAR. GO AHEAD AND LOOK, AS YOU CAN SEE, THEY GOT A VERY EARLY START. EVEN CHILDREN ARE IN THE CROWD FOR THE CELEBRATION THAT HAS BEEN PASSED DOWN FOR GENERATIONS. BEAUTIFUL MUSIC, COLORFUL COSTUMES, AND DELICIOUS FOOD ARE ALL A PART OF J’OUVERT AND THE WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE. TRAVIS ROBERTS LEADS ONE OF THE STEEL PAN ORCHESTRAS SET TO COMPETE. A NATIVE OF TRINIDAD, HE SPENT A LOT OF TIME PREPARING FOR THIS WEEKEND. I WANT TO SHARE THIS INSTRUMENT FOR EVERYBODY. IT IS A BEAUTIFUL INSTRUMENT. WHEN YOU PLAY IT, IT MAKES YOU FEEL HAPPY. ESPECIALLY ME. Reporter: IN THE CARIBBEAN, J’OUVERT SIGNIFIES THE BEGINNING OF CARNIVAL AND USUALLY COINCIDES WITH LENT IN THE WINTER. HERE IT IS A LABOR DAY TRADITION THAT TO MANY IS A FORM OF SELF EXPRESSION SHOWCASING PRIDE IN THE CARIBBEAN CULTURE. ASK ROY PIERRE. HE CREATES COSTUMES, SOMETIMES FOR AS MANY AS 200 PEOPLE, EACH YEAR WITH A NEW THEME. THIS YEAR IT IS AFRICA. SOME PEOPLE HAVE A NEGATIVE SPIN ON J’OUVERT. PARTICIPANTS STARTED ARRIVING BEFORE SUNRISE AT THE 13 CHECK POINTS FOR THE J’OUVERT CELEBRATION THAT KICKS THINGS OFF ON FLATBUSH AVENUE. MORE THAN 300 LIGHT TOWERS ILLUMINATE THE CROWDS. THOUSANDS OF OFFICERS ARE ALSO ON HAND TO ENSURE THEIR SAFETY. THIS IS THE LARGEST DETAIL THAT WE PUT OUT ALL YEAR. WE ARE COUNTING ON EVERYONE AT J’OUVERT TO MAKE THIS EVENT AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE. Reporter: POLICE SAY LAST YEAR WAS A SUCCESS, HOWEVER, IN THE PAST CELEBRATION HAS BEEN MARKED BY VIOLENCE. PARTICIPANTS SAY IT TAKES AWAY FROM THE TRUE MEANING OF THE DAY. THIS FESTIVAL IS ALL ABOUT ENJOYING YOURSELF, HAVING FUN, COMING OUT, PARTYING AND HAVING A GOOD TIME. THIS IS ALL WE ARE ABOUT. WE AREN’T ABOUT VIOLENCE OR NOTHING LIKE THAT. IT IS ALL ABOUT HAVING FUN. Reporter: YOU CAN SEE OFFICERS ARE OUT HERE ON MOTORCYCLES. OTHERS ARE ON FOOT MAKING ROUNDS. J’OUVERT TAKES PLACE FROM 6:00 A.M. TO 11:00 A.M. IN THE WEST INDIAN DAY PARADE KICKS OFF AT NOON AND ENDS HERE AT GRAND ARMY PLAZA.

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