This was the very first year that I got to attend this parade, and I had a blast! It’s one of those moments that I’m glad to have Guyanese heritage in my veins. The music is intoxicating and I love to see people from all over the Caribbean celebrating their heritage and giving others a glimpse through music, food, and more!
I’ve been going to Caribana in Toronto for years, but I kind of preferred at least the parade portion of this event because you could actually get there about any time of day and find a decent spot to watch the parade along Eastern Parkway. It’s not as large as Caribana, but a nice alternative or addition to your summer festival fun.
I spent the afternoon checking out vendors, munching on a mango, and texting friends trying to figure out where I was in proximity to them. In the end, I spent the afternoon alone, but I didn’t feel alone with all of the energy and music in the air. I took lots of photos and even snuck into the parade to get some better shots at one point.
Brothaluva Cafe– 42nd Annual West Indian Parade, Brooklyn 2009
The Boston Globe– West Indian American parade draws thousands in NY