NYC’s West Indian Day Parade, J’Ouvert to remain largely sidelined over COVID concerns

This year’s West Indian Day Parade festivities will be substantially scaled back due to continuing concerns about the coronavirus, the highly contagious delta variant and the fact that 35% of New Yorkers remain unvaccinated for the disease.

This parade, which proceeds annually on Labor Day weekend along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, will be limited to a handful of smaller in-person events and virtual offerings. The J’Ouvert celebration, which occurs the night before the parade and which has ended in violence and death in previous years, is being canceled outright, but is expected to be back next year.

This year’s West Indian Day Parade festivities will be substantially scaled back due to continuing concerns about the coronavirus, the highly contagious delta variant and the fact that 35% of New Yorkers remain unvaccinated for the disease.

This parade, which proceeds annually on Labor Day weekend along Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway, […]

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