Mind-blowing costumes, amazing music at the West Indian Day parade in Brooklyn.

Brooklyn's West Indian Day Parade plays host to some of the most scantily clad, colorful, and decadent marchers around. According to the Associated Press:

It was Brooklyn's version of Main Street USA. People waved flags from their front stoops, drumbeats filled the air and women in brightly colored sequined costumes and feather headdresses danced to reggae music as they marched Monday in the West Indian Day Parade.

Jamaican native Ann Marie Jones told the New York Post that the parade "remind me of back home ... the colors are so beautiful, they remind me of the vibrant tropical colors. They cheer me up.”

But the festival was marred by two bloody deaths. In a separate incident, a couple was shot and injured. It's not the first spate of violence at the festival. In 2011, a bystander was killed by a stray bullet when police fired on an armed suspect.

Below, photos by Reuters:

About the Author

Most Popular

  1. A Vancouver house designed in a modern style
    POV

    How Cities Get 'Granny Flats' Wrong

    A Vancouver designer says North American cities need bolder policies to realize the potential of accessory dwellings.

  2. Transportation

    Avoiding Thanksgiving Traffic, With Science

    Find the best times (and modes!) to get to dinner this record-breaking holiday weekend.

  3. Transportation

    Are Electric Vehicles About to Hit a Roadblock?

    With the EV tax credit on the chopping block and Tesla experiencing production delays, dreams of an electric future might prove elusive in the U.S.

  4. An autonomous vehicle drives on a race track in California.
    Equity

    Driverless Cars Won’t Save Us

    In fact, they’ll do the opposite of what techno-optimists hope, and worsen—not ease—inequality.

  5. A map of California
    Equity

    Mapping Racial Disparities in the Golden State

    Racial gaps in California get a county-by-county look in a new online tool.