Photograph by Tien Mao/Gothamist

The West Indian American Day Parade starts today at 11 a.m. It's a pretty colorful and energetic time, what with the great music and food—and the daggering in all forms (sometimes in uniform).

The parade is the climax of a weekend of festivities, with J'Ouvert, the pre-parade parade, ending this morning.

Over one million are expected to attend the Brooklyn parade, which has dozens of dance groups. Here are the road closures, which go into effect at 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. tonight:

· No eastbound or westbound traffic on Eastern Parkway

· No southbound traffic from Atlantic Avenue to Eastern Parkway

· No northbound traffic from Empire Boulevard to Eastern Parkway

· No eastbound traffic on Atlantic Avenue between 6th Avenue and Ralph Avenue

· No southbound traffic on Flatbush Avenue from Grand Army Plaza to Empire Boulevard

· No northbound traffic on Flatbush Avenue from Church Avenue to Grand Army Plaza

· Flatbush Avenue from Dean Street to Carlton Avenue

· Ocean Avenue from Empire Boulevard to Parkside Avenue

· No northbound traffic on Ocean Avenue from Parkside Avenue

· Howard Avenue from Pacific Street to St. Johns Place


Formation:
Buffalo Avenue between Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue

Rockaway Parkway between East New York Avenue and Rutland Road

Ralph Avenue between Eastern Parkway and East New York Avenue

East New York Avenue between Howard Avenue and Utica Avenue

Route:
Eastern Parkway between Howard Avenue and Grand Army Plaza

Dispersal:
Flatbush Avenue between Grand Army Plaza and Caton Avenue

Additional streets closed for this event:

Butler Place between Grand Army Plaza and Sterling Place

St. John's Place between Underhill Avenue and Grand Army Plaza

Rochester Avenue between E New York Avenue and Sterling Place

Parkside Ave between Park Circle and Flatbush Avenue

Bedford Avenue between Eastern Parkway and Empire Boulevard

Empire Boulevard between Flatbush Avenue and Nostrand Ave

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