In fact, the entire weekend is devoted to special events with a special Kiddie Carnival on Saturday (which runs from President Street to the grounds of the Brooklyn Museum of Art); a Dimanche Gras (Fat Sunday) celebration; and an early Monday morning (starting around 3AM) J'Ouvert parade, a celebration of steel pan drums that kicks off the main parade beginning at 11AM.
Colorful steel band performances and other concerts throughout the weekend are also held at the nearby Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway.
Where to watch: The wide open spaces of Grand Army Plaza and Brooklyn Museum are great viewing points. Later, stroll up Easter Parkway for the best eats.
DID YOU KNOW? West Indian Day Parade fun facts
Months of preparation go into the colorful
costumes seen parading on Labor Day.
• Each year, months of preparation go into the parade and carnival. That includes creating costumes, hiring music bands, arranging for food vendors, and organizing cultural events.
• Attending the Brooklyn carnival is like a foodie tour of the Caribbean. Take your pick from jerk chicken and fried fish, to a variety of regional foods including meat patties, coconut bread, fried plantains, breadfruit, sweet potato pie, carrot cake, rum punch and ginger beer.
• While most attendees come from NYC's five boroughs, some visitors travel to the carnival from nearby New Jersey and Connecticut and as far away as the Great Britain and Canada.
• The total economic impact in sales and tourism for NYC from the parade and carnival is about $300 million annually.
West Indian American Carnival photo gallery
Celebrating the end of summer with food, music, fun and spectacle at the West Indian American Day Parade.
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