west indian- american day parade

The neighborhood of Crown Heights was alive with color this past weekend.  The many islanders living here, including those from Barbados,  Dominican Republic, Haiti, Trinidad, Tobago,  Grenada, Jamaica and more all come together to celebrate their heritage festival of Carnival. Steel drum bands and women in feathers dominate the streets as the smells of traditional cooking waft on the smoke filling the air.

Some people unfortunately do not get to experience this authentic display of culture because they fear the violence that sometimes happens in this neighborhood. Save our Streets (S.O.S.) Crown Heights is a local initiative that holds marches and community events throughout the year to end gun violence. This year was not without bloodshed, but joining ongoing community efforts will surely stem the tide.