Photos: J'Ouvert 2017 Parties Straight Through Dawn

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Delayed until 6 a.m. and surrounded by strict security checkpoints, J’Ouvert 2017 opened in anticlimax Monday. Checkpoints quickly became chokepoints as barricades and NYPD officers brandishing metal detectors screened the mas, jab jab, and steel band players along Flatbush Avenue and Empire Boulevard in Crown Heights and Prospect Lefferts Gardens.

As dawn broke, many J’Ouvert’s earliest attendees wandered Flatbush despondent, clearly missing the flowing crowds and darkness of years past.

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