“It feels awesome coming out to New York, representing,” said Lahana, a Jamaican-American member of The Horizon, a Trinidad-oriented dance group from Boston. “Even though it’s raining out here, its still fun.”
“We[re] all here to love each other,” her friend D Horizons added. “We all here to advance what we believe in: our heritage, our religion. We’re here to have fun.”
“Embrace it,” Horizons encouraged when asked about what she would want non-West Indians to take from the parade. “If you love it, embrace it.” ‘
“It’s always a good time,” said Marcus, a Trinidadian-American standing outside a stoop near Nostrand Avenue. “I come out here, my family’s here, they work with sugar cane. It’s just all about being with family, being around your culture. It’s kinda like being back on the islands.”
“For most of us, it’s just a day to celebrate who we are and what our families fought for us to be here.”
“This [represents] that we [are] the people of happiness,” Rasta Man said on the topic of what the parade means for West Indian-Americans.
He also extended an invite to people of different backgrounds: “Come and get in the culture and be part of it!”
You can see more pictures from the parade below: