From DNAinfo by Rachel Holliday Smith:
Booze and large bags will be banned from the J’Ouvert parade this year, screened through a dozen NYPD checkpoints to be set up along the route, officials and police said.
Revelers attending the parade — which runs from Grand Army Plaza, down Flatbush Avenue and east on Empire Boulevard — will be subject to metal detector wand searches at 12 checkpoints along the route, according to police and a notice from Assemblyman Walter Mosley.
No alcohol or large bags and backpacks will be allowed past the checkpoints, an emailed statement sent Monday from Mosley said.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James O’Neill confirmed the new safety plan Tuesday. At an unrelated press conference at a Park Slope school, the mayor said “we needed to something different.”
“From the beginning there was a decision to fundamentally change the reality, including the hours — to daylight — and the level of screening to make sure there are not weapons anywhere nearby,” de Blasio said.
Mosley, who called for the event to be canceled outright last year after shootings killed two young people on the parade route, said in a statement he is “thrilled that the NYPD has taken the concerns of the community seriously.”
“Over the past few years we have experienced senseless and tragic acts of violence that has marred an otherwise vibrant and uplifting celebration of culture and history,” he said.
A total of 2,000 police officers will be patrolling the parade route and working at the checkpoints and light towers will be installed there, as well, police said.