Pouring rain on Monday brought out umbrellas, tarps and only the hardiest partiers for the New York Caribbean Carnival Parade this year.
Caribbean beats, smoke from big barbecues and plenty of wet Brooklynites filled a long stretch of Eastern Parkway in Crown Heights as the annual march commonly known as the West Indian American Day Parade went off without a hitch despite the bad Labor Day weather.
As usual, there were also lots of gorgeous, colorful costumes, many of which represented a particular Caribbean country.
“We’re bummed about the rain, but you know what? We’re still going to have a good time,” said Stacy Thomas, 29, who sported a pink ensemble featuring shiny beads, gold jewelry and a massive plume of feathers.
She and her friend Keeandra Hilman, 25, had spent hours getting ready in the morning and weren’t about to let the rain keep them from dancing and showing off their costumes.
“They showcase a little bit of what the country has to offer,” Hillman said of the outfits. “You can be jumpy. You can be spicy. You can be whatever your country is about.”
While the rain came down, Tessa Lewis was camped out with seven family members underneath a blue tent. They came fully prepared with snacks, drinks and folding chairs.
“Some people look at this and see half-naked people on the parkway. Me, I see freedom,” said Lewis, who wouldn’t give her age.