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City prepares for ‘fun and peaceful’ J’Ouvert, Caribbean Carnival celebrations

Brooklyn’s J’Ouvert and West Indian Day Parade and Carnival celebrations can be again in full swing on Monday, Sept. 5, and metropolis officers stated Friday that a whole lot of law enforcement officials are scheduled to assist hold partygoers protected.

J’Ouvert will see 13 safety checkpoints of entry this year, New York City Police Department Chief of Patrol Jeffrey Maddrey stated, every outfitted with wand checks, bag checks and surveillance video in an effort to maintain parade-goers out of hurt’s method.

“Our main mission is to keep everyone safe,” Maddrey stated. “We are prepared for this event.”

J’Ouvert is well known within the early morning hours of Labor Day and alerts the beginning of Carnival, which unfolds in a burst of coloration and metal band music on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway each year.

Over the years, Caribbean J’Ouvert has been marred by gun violence close to the parade route. In 2015, a authorized aide to New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo was fatally shot within the crossfire between rival gangs throughout the celebration. In 2020, regardless of a pivot to digital celebrations amid the pandemic, a 6-year-old boy, his mom, and three others have been shot throughout an unofficial Caribbean J’Ouvert celebration.

There can be 13 Police Department checkpoints for J’Ouvert Monday morning, Sept. 5.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Past incidents have prompted the NYPD to maneuver the J’Ouvert begin time from 4 a.m. to six a.m., and to extend police presence and set up steel detectors alongside the parade route.

Mayor Eric Adams’ religion advisor, Pastor Gil Monrose, stated Friday that he hopes this year’s celebrations received’t see the identical gun violence as previous Carnivals.

“I would hate to see violence tied to the biggest Caribbean event in the United States,” he stated. “We are coordinating a fun and peaceful event for everyone.”

Judith Harrison, head of NYPD Patrol Brooklyn North, stated her officers can be “vigilant,” and that they understand how vital these Labor Day celebrations are to the Crown Heights neighborhood.

“They understand what this event means to these communities and thousands in attendance,” Harrison stated. “We can’t stress how much or this event we want to be fun for everyone.”

NYPD Brooklyn North head of Patrol Judith Harrison expects hundreds of New Yorkers to participate within the 2022 parade.Photo by Lloyd Mitchell

Earlier this week, organizers of Brooklyn’s Caribbean Carnival stated the identical.

“Road rules are safety first, costumes only and culture matters,” the West Indian American Day Carnival Association stated in a press release to Brooklyn Paper’s sister publication Caribbean Life. “The lifeblood of carnival is our community and cultural partners, and we applaud them all for sticking with us to keep our culture alive.”

The in-person pageantry will return Monday, with lead-up occasions all weekend, in celebration of the carnival’s fifty fifth year.

For a full checklist of this weekend’s occasions, try Caribbean Life.

Additional reporting by Meaghan McGoldrick

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