Officials in New York said they will be changing the time J’ouvert starts during the Labor Day West Indian festival in an effort to reduce violence. The J’ouvert parade which usually starts at 4 a.m. will now start at 6 a.m.
Each year over 1.5 million people venture to Brooklyn for the West Indian American Day parade, 250,000 participate in the early morning J’ouvert.
There has been a rise of violence in the last two years. Last year, four people were shot, two of which died.
Law enforcement also plans to beef up their presence at the event and add more floodlights.
“We’ve been working on this since the day after J’ouvert last year,” said James P. O’Neill, the police commissioner.
However, some revelers don’t agree with the change, and believe it won’t make a difference.
“J’ouvert won’t be the same,” said a longtime Brooklyn resident, Bryant Smith. “In West Indian culture, J’ouvert is supposed to start before the carnival. If they try to start it in the daytime, people will just hang out all night anyway. They’ll make their own J’ouvert.”
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