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After last two years shootings and killing four people Mayor de Blasio and Commissioner O’Neill had said that 2017 J’Ouvert celebration was going to be different this year.

Yes, it was different.

First of all there were 12 checkpoints to enter the parade route.   And there were additional light towers.

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Police officers were ready and waiting at Flatbush Avenue checkpoint, which was one of the 12.

Second of all it started at 6:00 am instead of 4:00 am. as it did before.

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People who came early were waiting at Grand Army Plaza for the parade to start.

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And it was time to go trough the Flatbush Avenue checkpoint, close to Grand Army Plaza.

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Everyone was checked, including photographers.  Additional light towers make it like daytime.

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It was after 6:00 am, and was getting brighter already.

 

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Two revelers after having been checked were waiting for their friends, to march.

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A reveler was throwing colourful powder to everyone.

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And some were painted in black and painting other people.

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Police officers were standing on the side and watching the parade.

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And some costumes were an art piece.

I asked different people, some old spectators, and some revelers “What do you think about these changes like late start, checkpoint, more light towers?”

The answers were very similar: They didn’t like the late start because J’Ouvert (day break) didn’t feel the same.  

They didn’t like the checkpoint, because it wasn’t like that in their country.

But they said, “ I’d rather be safe!!!”

Photos: h. nazan ışık / NKENdiKEN

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