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West Indian Day Parade, J'Ouvert festival: Photos from the Crown Heights celebrations

By amNY.com staff

The streets of Crown Heights were filled with people dressed in elaborate and colorful costumes Monday for the annual West Indian Day Parade and J'Ouvert festival.

Celebrating Caribbean culture, the events were expected to attract more than 1 million spectators throughout the day.

The parade has been held in Crown Heights since 1969, but started in the 1940s in Harlem.

Scroll down to see photos from the celebrations.

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People gather during the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn on Monday.

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People dance and march during the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn on Monday.

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People gather during the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

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A woman gets into the spirit of the West Indian Day Parade.

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People gather during the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn.

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Valen Headley and Kyra Gabb, both of Queens, pose for before the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn on Monday.

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Attendees enjoy the West Indian Day Parade in Brooklyn on Monday.

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Mayor Bill de Blasio and first lady Chirlane McCray greet people during the West Indian American Day Parade in Brooklyn on Monday.

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Donovan Easy barbecues before the West Indian Day Parade.

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A parade-goer marches with a festive mask.

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A celebrant steps out for J'Ouvert.

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The J'Ouvert celebration continues up to the start of the West Indian Day Parade.

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Parade-goers celebrate as they march in the J'Ouvert festival.

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The name J'Ouvert originates from the French jour ouvert, meaning day break or morning, and signals the start of Carnival.

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A celebrant gets his face painted.

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New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill, second from left, watches parade goers celebrate as they march in the J'Ouvert festival on Monday in Brooklyn.

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Festival-goers represent many Caribbean nations.

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Colorful costuming is the general expectation among J'Ouvert celebrants.

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J'Ouvert celebrants started at Grand Army Plaza and ended at Midwood Street.

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A whistle was just one of the noise-makers at the J'Ouvert festival in Brooklyn on Monday.

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Paradegoers play instruments at the start of the J'Ouvert festival in Brooklyn on Monday.

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The NYPD screens paradegoers before they enter the J'Ouvert festival in Brooklyn on Monday.

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Paradegoers celebrate at the start of the J'Ouvert festival in Brooklyn on Monday.

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Revelers are screened by the NYPD for alcohol and weapons as they enter the J'Ouvert festival in Brooklyn on Monday.