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Almost a million gather for West Indian Day Parade

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The annual West Indian Day Parade always provides great food, festive music and colorful costumes – and Monday. Celebration didn’t disappoint.

Monday’s 46th annual West Indian Day Parade is in full swing. About a million people were here today to celebrate Caribbean heritage -- and they say it’s the sights, sounds and traditional costumes that keep them coming back.

There was no shortage of pride or color at the West Indian Day Parade.

“The drumming, just the culture, we get to know each other and have some cultural empathy,” said one parade goer.

New Yorkers celebrated their Caribbean heritage as they strutted down the Eastern Parkway, with moves that would make Miley Cyrus blush.

“I love the fact that everyone has come together and dancing and enjoying each other, no violence,” said another parade goer.

The party started just before noon. Floats from islands like Jamaica and Guyana came through with dancers and stilt walkers.

One lady has been coming to the parade for the past 10 years, she says it’s the drumming that keeps her coming back.

“Just the music, the excitement, the energy, it's just wonderful.”

One young spectator says she’s proud that her Guyanese culture was celebrated.

“I like to just represent where I come from.”

Organizers say the parade will be going strong until it ends at 6:00 p.m.

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