“Carnival in Brooklyn”: David Katzenstein on the Annual West Indian Labor Day Parade

On Art and Aesthetics

On August 9, 2017, I published on a wonderful project called “WORLDVIEWS: RITUAL -1983-2006” by New York-based David Katzenstein. The photographer has come up with a fascinating new project called “Carnival in Brooklyn” that features a colourful Caribbean procession.

David explains: “The annual West Indian Parade, held each year on Labor DayinBrooklyn, has been a tradition since 1969. Revelers begin to gather in the early morning along Eastern Parkway in the Crown Heights neighborhood as vendors put out their wares and food stalls begin to prepare West Indian delicacies all along the avenue. The energy is palpable as calypso and soca songs fill the air – DJs, musicians and dancers congregate in front of countless floats awaiting for the parade to begin.

“This series of photographs is divided into two groups – Portraits and larger gatherings of participants and spectators. I was drawn into various scenes by the…

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