The celebration of all things Caribbean has brought costumed revelers and steel drum bands to the streets of New York City for the annual West Indian Day Parade.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and a slew of other state and city officials are among the marchers in Brooklyn. Onlookers have crowded along the parade route, carrying the flags of the different Caribbean nations.
J'ouvert brings an estimated 250,000 people to the streets, and the parade attracts more than 1 million. The route goes through a major Brooklyn roadway, in neighborhoods that have a strong Caribbean presence.
Police presence has been significant at the parade and the pre-dawn festival that precedes it, J'ouvert, both of which have been marred by violence.
Two people were shot to death in the streets around the area Monday as J'ouvert was going on.