Caribbean Fever: Breaking Down the West Indian American Day Carnival

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  • Changing of the WIADCA Guard
  • A Jam-Packed Weekend
  • Early Birds Get the Party Started
  • A Winding Route
  • Island Tunes
  • Some Food and Fashion on the Side
  • Around the World
  • The Cops & Carnival
  • Violence Eclipses Past Parades
  • Stay Safe and Have Fun
  • Celebrate Good Times
  • A New Home
  • Welcome to Brooklyn

The Early Bird Gets the Party Started

Although not organized by WIADCA, J’ouvert marks the unofficial start to the parade, kicking off around 2 a.m. on Monday. Pronounced “Joo Vay,” the predawn celebration—named after the French word for daybreak—features hand-pushed steel bands, other percussionist instruments, masqueraders wearing mud, powder, paint and oil and dressed up like celebrities and other costumed characters.


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