Caribbean Day Photo Essay

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The annual West Indian Day Parade is one of the largest events in the country, drawing an estimated million people. In the wake of #Ferguson and everything else affecting the community, it was a good opportunity to capture images of black americans under the influence of something other than tear gas. Instead, jerk chicken smoke suffused the air, along with pulsing bass notes.

These dudes came down from Harlem to sell that Nutcracker. I copped a 'Henny Colada.' It worked, too.

These dudes came down from Harlem to sell that Nutcracker. I bought a ‘Henny Colada’ for five bucks. It worked, too.

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correction: that's Supanova Slom pictured at right

correction: that’s Supanova Slom pictured at right

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Alla white people massive, stand up!

Alla white people massive, stand up!

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Tell your uncle to stop moving on all the fly ladies.

Tell your uncle to stop moving on all the fly ladies.

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Cuffing season, part i

Cuffing season, part i

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Caption this :)

Caption this 🙂

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Clans, Posses, Crews, and Clicks...

Clans, Posses, Crews, and Clicks…

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Cuffing season, part ii

Cuffing season, part ii

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All images © 2014 Raafi Rivero.