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Daily News » The party people won’t be chicken about crossing the road at this year’s West Indian American Day parade.
In past years the massive crowds — some three million were in attendance last year — and the New York City Police Department wooden barricades lining Eastern Parkway for the day-long celebration made moving from the north to the south side of the street almost impossible.
But parade organizers said the NYPD has agreed to create access points along the parade route this year that will allow spectators to walk across the street.
“The police will open certain blocks to allow people to cross the street during the parade,” said William Howard, first vice president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.
Noting that people from different Caribbean nations tend to congregate in separate areas along the route, Howard said the change will let “people from Port of Spain Trinidad) visit with folks from Port-au-Prince (Haiti) during the parade.”
The move is among several new measures intended to increase security and improve safety at the parade, scheduled to step off at 10 a.m. Monday, Sept. 3.
Police have also pledged to make it easier for costumed revelers to leave Eastern Parkway to use bathrooms and buy food and rejoin the parade, a problem in past years, Howard said.
More volunteers will be on hand around the Brooklyn Museum and near Grand Army Plaza, where the parade officially ends, to keep marchers from walking back up Eastern Parkway, further clogging the streets, once the group they’ve marched with has completed its run.
Sound trucks - flatbed trailers with massive speakers that supply the music the followers dance to — have also been modified. The highest speaker on the truck can be no more than 13 feet off the ground, said WIADCA Board member Joan Pierre.
The wheels on each of the 18-wheelers — 40 bands are scheduled, and each should have a truck — will be covered to protect people walking next to them. The NYPD Highway Patrol will inspect each truck the weekend before the parade and issue certificates which each driver must carry to be allowed to drive in the parade, Howard said.
A Highway Patrol officer will ride in the cab of each parade truck for the length of the parade, with two NYPD officers walking on foot in front of the truck the entire route.
“That policeman riding in the truck has control of the truck,” Howard said. “Let’s say there is an incident further up the road. If something is not right, they can cut off the music. They can take charge very quickly.”
Once at Grand Army Plaza marchers can no longer follow the trucks, which will turn down Flatbush Ave. and return to camps scattered across the Flatbush community, WIADCA Treasure Angela Sealy said. Trucks will have to turn off the music once they reach Grand Army Plaza. The Highway Patrol officer inside the cab will stay there until the truck reaches its home base.
“The people can meet the truck there, they just can’t walk behind it all the way there,” Sealy said.
WIADCA will have a “flying squad” of volunteers to respond to any incident, like the one last year in which City Councilman Jumaane Williams and Kirsten Foy, a community affairs officer in Public Advocate Bill de Blasio’s office, were detained by police, Howard said.*
New York Fire Department officials will be inspecting all propane grills used by vendors selling food to make sure they are safe.
Police will also be cracking down on vendors selling an assortment of goods on East Parkway without a WIADCA permit, (does this include Nutcrackers?) particularly vendors in the blocks east of Utica and Rochester avenues, Howard said. Schnectedy Ave is the official parade starting point and vendors east of there will face increased scrutiny.
Vendors without permits could be ticketed and have their goods confiscated, Howard said. He urged vendors interested in selling on Eastern Parkway to call the WIADCA offices at 718-467-1797.
A 2004 study by the New York State Economic Development Corp. found that the 2003 West Indian parade throng — only a third the size of the crowd expected this year — generated $154.8 million for the city.
For more information on the parade see the website, http://www.WIADCACARNIVAL.com.
For everyone's sake, I hope these changes help.