One shot as thousands celebrate West Indian Day Parade 2018
Thousands of spectators and attendees celebrated at the West Indian Day Parade and J’Ouvert festival on Labor Day in Brooklyn. The annual event, which celebrates Caribbean culture and the emancipation of slaves, took place in the streets of Crown Heights earlier than in prior years. Many attended, taking in the sights and exciting atmosphere of individuals dressed in colorful and bright costumes with headpieces and impressive floats traveling the parade route. However, because of violence that has occurred at past celebrations, the J’Ouvert festival got an early start this year when it kicked off at 6 a.m., with the West Indian Day Parade starting at 11 a.m. Thirteen police checkpoints and 4,000 police officers were put in place for added safety measures and to stop individuals from bringing alcohol and weapons to the festivities. But even with a heavy police presence, one unidentified male was shot in the back around 7:35 a.m., according to the New York Post. The incident took place between St. Marks Avenue and Prospect Place. The gunmen reportedly fled the scene on foot. The male victim was rushed to Kings County Hospital and was listed in stable condition. Mayor Bill de Blasio and First Lady Chirlane McCray were seen walking and waving at attendees as the West Indian Day Parade made its way through the streets of Eastern Parkway, Schenectady Avenue and Grand Army Plaza before coming to a finish along Flatbush Avenue. While some thought the security for the West Indian Day Parade was a bit too much, many appreciated the police presence. “I think it’s a little over the top,” one attendee told ABC 7 NY. “Anytime black people are congregated together, there always seems to be an excessive amount of force.” “It’s so big and everybody’s enjoying it,” another spectator shared. “And you don’t want someone to get the wrong idea and try to ruin it, so we have the protection we need.
“It’s so big and everybody’s enjoying it. And you don’t want someone to get the wrong idea and try to ruin it, so we have the protection we need.”