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

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

Celebrating Caribbean culture, the events were expected to attract thousands of 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.