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Today's West Indian American Carnival parade, and a prediction regarding 2012 sponsors

The West Indian American Carnival parade, New York City's largest public event, occurs today in Brooklyn, beginning at 11 am along Eastern Parkway at Utica Avenue, moving west until it ends two miles later at the Brooklyn Museum, with crowds dispersing west to Grand Army Plaza.

The latter's a mile or so east of the Atlantic Avenue transit hub and Barclays Center construction site.

It's an event for local political and civic leaders and organizations to attend--who can forget Borough President Marty Markowitz's annual appearances, not in carnival get-up, but wearing a tropical shirt?

The website for the West Indian American Carnival Association lists several sponsors:

The list does not include Forest City Ratner, the Nets, nor Barclays. I'd bet that, in 2012, when the arena is opening, one or more of those three will be among the sponsors.