Yesterday was the West Indian American Day Parade, and it was as festive as ever, especially with the gorgeous weather we had. Politicians were present - and who knew that Democratic gubernatorial candidate Tom Suozzi had lived in Trinidad and Tobago years ago? Newsday reports he sang "Tiney Winey." But most of all, it was the parade marchers, dancers, and perfomers and all the spectators that made the event exciting. The parade was so moving that one tourist from North Carolina told the Daily News, "I love it. Now I want to move here. I love the vibe that is here."

If you didn't make it, there are a couple sets of photographs from the parade on Flickr, and they show the explosion of color, costumes, and celebration. Check out ones by Stacey Joy Elkin, andy lachance, and ultraclay!.

Photograph by Stacey Joy Elkin on Flickr