Caribbean Carnival and the 46th annual West Indian Day Parade, a Labor Day tradition, are taking over Brooklyn this weekend. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.
Police are posting notice, as Eastern Parkway will soon be transformed into a carnival.
The West Indian American Day Parade on Monday is the highlight, but celebrations take place all weekend long.
"People come from all over the world to New York, because this is New York Caribbean Carnival," said Jean Alexander from the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. "It's the Caribbean people's gift to New York City."
On any given August night, those taking part in the carnival are getting ready.
From the near dozen steelpan orchestras that are fine tuning their sound to the costume makers who are adding all the trimming, those at the Elegance Mas Camp on Flatbush Avenue had a full dress rehearsal Wednesday night.
"It's really about color this year, color and movement," said Giselle Fritz from Elegance Mas Camp. "So, while we have the babies, which are springtime butterflies, we have carnival time, which is hot pink, evening sunset. It's all about movement throughout, rhythm of the earth. Anything that moves, we have a section for that."
There are also adult costumes, such as one representing Haiti at the Ayitidous Mas Camp.
'We're really excited," said Emmanuella Arnaud Carr from Ayitidous Mas Camp. "I think people are drawn to the colors of the costume. They're definitely drawn to the fact that we're representing Haiti."
Organizers say they work all year long preparing for the main event, which draws millions of spectators.
They say it's not only a display of pageantry, but a way to pass along the culture to younger generations.
"That's the bottom line, to ensure that they're put in a position to continue the legacy of our Caribbean culture," said WIADCA President Thomas Bailey.
The list of cultural events stretches from Thursday through Monday.
The Brooklyn Museum is the central location for carnival activities.
All of the shows are staged here, including the junior carnival for the kids and the steel band panorama.
The excitement leads up to Monday's big parade.