I've had it with this West Indian 3 Day party tradition that ends for the worse each year.
Just look at all of the shootings in just one day (today) source: http://gothamist.com/map/
It is absolutely irresponsible of the City to let the parade happen after a full 2 days of parties and boozing. I heard people on the street early this morning (Monday) bragging about how drunk they were from the previous day.
I say turn the West Indian Day parade into one that is managed like the P.Rican day parade. Not over a 3 day holiday weekend - and keep the hours from 10-4pm. Disperse the crowds and make sure everyone moves on, and moves on early in the afternoon. This chaos would not be allowed on the Upper East Side (where I used to live).
Thank goodness the police responded so quickly to the gunshots this evening
I spoke to 5 longtime residents of CH who also think this parade has gotten out of hand and should be stopped. Or curtailed significantly.
CHN is my home, and its residents deserve to live in a safe environment.