Brooklyn West Indian costume shop working around the clock ahead of parade

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CROWN HEIGHTS, BROOKLYN (PIX11) -- It may not look like much on the outside, but on the inside of 183 Empire Boulevard, its crunch time in the name of all that is West Indian.

From head dresses to elaborate costumes, craftswomen were hard at work Friday inside this Crown Heights mas camp.

It’s just one of the many sites in the area manufacturing the extravagant ensembles set to “wine” down the West Indian American Day Parade Monday.

“Every year we do a different theme and every costume tells that story behind that theme,” explained Detailz Mas co-owner Reesa Leon.

“This year we’re doing ‘Raise The Bar’ so we’re paying homage to clubs.”

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The grueling process of designing, producing and finalizing costumes for the weekend’s festivities happen in the course of a year, Leon revealed.

While some say the costumes at the West Indian day parade show way too much skin, Leon maintains that they are tasteful.

“[Sure] we are all comfortable with our bodies but at the same time you have to have some self-respect because after all you are paying homage to the culture so you don’t want to be too scandalous.”

Outside of the costumes, there’s also dancing. Lots and lots of dancing.

The West Indian American Day Parade starts at 11a.m. Monday along Eastern Parkway from Schenectady Avenue to Flatbush Ext.

For more information on Designz Mas Productions, visit their Facebook page.


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