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Brooklyn, New York, USA - For most New Yorkers Labor Day signals the passing of Summer: back-to-school, early sunsets, dropping temperatures. However, for West Indians, the heat is on.

Frustrated masqueraders impatiently waiting to collect costumes. Steelbands scrambling to learn endings. Out-of-towners arriving in droves. Soca, kompa and reggae pumping everywhere. It's fete after fete. The Brooklyn Museum grounds are transformed into an open-air theatre. Eastern Parkway becomes the scene of the largest street party in North America.

These half-century-old rituals are now part of the city’s character. The melancholy mood that sets in as Autumn approaches is put on pause for the weekend. No need this year. We’ve all been on pause since March, and can’t seem to find the reset button. The beat of the people now has an irregular rhythm.

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