JOuvert through the years

J'Ouvert attendees, wearing Grenadian paraphernalia, take in the scene at the celebration in 2019.

J'Ouvert attendees, wearing Grenadian paraphernalia, take in the scene at the celebration in 2019.

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J'Ouvert attendees, wearing Grenadian paraphernalia, take in the scene at the celebration in 2019.

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Despers, one of the best-known steel bands in Brooklyn's West Indian community, practices in its cramped industrial space in Crown Heights.

Despers, one of the best-known steel bands in Brooklyn's West Indian community, practices in its cramped industrial space in Crown Heights in 2018.

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Despers, one of the best-known steel bands in Brooklyn's West Indian community, practices in its cramped industrial space in Crown Heights.

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Donna Dove checks her finished patterns of Pagwah mas J'Oouvert costumes in the hallway of her Harlem apartment.

Donna Dove checks her finished patterns of Pagwah Mas J'Ouvert costumes in the hallway of her Harlem apartment in 2017.

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Donna Dove checks her finished patterns of Pagwah mas J'Oouvert costumes in the hallway of her Harlem apartment.

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A poster showing the multitude of looks Pagwah players have to choose from during this year's J'Ouvert mas.

A poster showing the 2017 mas looks available to Pagwah players in 2017.

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A poster showing the multitude of looks Pagwah players have to choose from during this year's J'Ouvert mas.

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Stacks of Jab Jab gear including horned helmets and feather boas fill Duran's backyard shed. Much of it will be used again during this year's J'Ouvert.

Stacks of Jab Jab gear including before the celebration in 2017.

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Stacks of Jab Jab gear including horned helmets and feather boas fill Duran's backyard shed. Much of it will be used again during this year's J'Ouvert.

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A group of Jab Jab players at J'Ouvert in 2019.

A group of Jab Jab players at J'Ouvert in 2019.

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A group of Jab Jab players at J'Ouvert in 2019.

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A young Jab Jab player at J'Ouvert in 2019.

A young Jab Jab player at J'Ouvert in 2019.

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A young Jab Jab player at J'Ouvert in 2019.

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A drummer at the 2018 J’Ouvert celebration.

A drummer at the 2018 J’Ouvert celebration.

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A drummer at the 2018 J’Ouvert celebration.

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A reveler waves a Grenadian flag at the 2018 J’Ouvert celebration.

A reveler waves a Grenadian flag at the 2018 J’Ouvert celebration.

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A reveler waves a Grenadian flag at the 2018 J’Ouvert celebration.

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Revelers at J'Ouvert in 2018.

Revelers at J'Ouvert in 2018.

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Revelers at J'Ouvert in 2018.

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J'ouvert Celebration in Brooklyn

A reveler extends above the crowd at J'Ouvert 2018.

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J'ouvert Celebration in Brooklyn

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