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The J'Ouvert festival — which typically sends thousands of people streaming through Brooklyn to kick off Caribbean Carnival celebrations — will look different this year thanks to the coronavirus crisis.
But the day won't go unmarked.
J'Ouvert City International, the group that organizes the annual festival, has planned a celebration of essential workers in place of its usual Labor Day pre-dawn parade.
The event will honor frontline workers from the coronavirus crisis as well as J'Ouvert Steelband members who were lost to the virus during a morning press conference and breakfast, according to the organization.
"Our Caribbean cultural traditions are strong and our J'Ouvert City International brand has been one of its most vibrant medium of expression in Brooklyn, New York for the past 36 years," President Yvette Rennie said. "For this year, COVID-19 may have silenced our street music but it cannot stop the music in the hearts of our steelband and masquerade proponents."
J'Ouvert typically kicks off the West Indian Day Parade, which will head online this year.
Here's what you need to know about this year's celebration: