50 Bright & Beautiful Snaps From New York's West Indian Day Parade

Photographed by Natalie Keyssar.
New York City's annual West Indian Day parade isn't just a moment for cultural celebration. Yes, there's tons of dancing to Caribbean staples like calypso and reggae; there's chowing down on native cuisine, like ackee and salt fish and callaloo; and there's hometown pride beaming across the faces of every single parade-goer. It's also a serious moment for costuming; for packing on a ridiculous amount of glitter, gems, feathers, and more, and taking to the streets for one wild and crazy — and totally colorful and creative — show.

This year's Labor Day celebration was nothing short of the expected myriad of rainbow headpieces and skimpy bikinis, mixed perfectly with a slice of hometown pride. Here, we saw women take their self-confidence and sartorial ingenuity to new heights, proving that a splash of Caribbean flare is exactly what the city needs as summer comes to an end. Click ahead to view the celebration.
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It's all in the details.
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Multicolored feathers are the perfect accessory.
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Go for the bold and bright, always.
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When the streets of Brooklyn are transformed into a sea of rainbows.
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Here, all that glitters is definitely gold.
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An angelic snowflake in the dead of summer.
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More is more. More colors; more feathers.
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The friends that parade together, stay together.
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Dancin' in the streets.
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Breaking it down, way down.
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If you've got it, flaunt it.
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So many sequins and gems — so little time.
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A modern take on "playing mas."
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Knock 'em dead with a bright blue pout.
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As always, the headdresses steal the show.
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A playful slice of the Caribbean in NYC.
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The energy is just as palpable as the incredible outfits.
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What do you love more: the red features or the killer gold tassels?
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Let your wings do the talking.
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Load on the strings of pearls.
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A headpiece fit for Game of Thrones, no?
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Showing off some hometown pride for Honduras and Trinidad and Tobago.
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A punk rock take on cultural costuming.
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When your #girlgang all reps their heritage in style.
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Double trouble.
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In the thick of it all.
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When your undergarments look too good to be hidden under clothes.
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Stilts get the crowd crazy.
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Strike a pose!
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Glitter eyeshadow and decorative face gems make for a rad beauty look.
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Grin it and bare it.
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What to do when "soca" (soul of calypso) comes on.
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A close-up look at grooving to reggae.
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YES! It's time to do the wine.
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These moves are #flawless.
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Back it up, back it up.
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Body glitter was highly prevalent — and we loved it.
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Stopping traffic, literally.
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A bra that's bedazzled — and barely there.
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These boots were made for walking celebrating.
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A moment of calm amidst the chaos.
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Work it, girl.
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Vive la vie Caribbienne!
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Wave your flag way high!
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Turquoise, pink, and red: A masquerading color scheme we can definitely get behind.
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We're kind of obsessed with these two (and their killer locks).
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Gems, gems, and more gems.
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Just a little corset close-up.
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Be. More. Fabulous.
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We're dubbing these ladies the queens of the celebration.
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