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Brooklyn Labor Day Carnival Parade
Brooklyn Labor Day Parade
Fast Facts

When : Monday, September 3, 2018 beginning at 11AM

Parade Route : Utica Avenue to Grand Army Plaza along Eastern Pkwy.

Subway Directions :
2 train to Grand Army Plaza or Franklin Avenue
3 train to Grand Army Plaza or Franklin Avenue or Utica Avenue
4 train to Franklin Avenue or Utica Avenue
5 train to Franklin Avenue

The end of summer means catching all the color and excitement as millions of New Yorkers line up along Eastern Parkway for the Brooklyn Labor Day parade on Monday, September 3, 2018.

This year, the West Indian American Day Parade & Carnival marches into its fifth decade as it continues to enjoy the distinction of being New York City's biggest cultural festivals by far.

As always, you can always count on crowds to be waving flags from Jamaica, Trinidad, Barbados, Grenada, Haiti, and other Caribbean nations in a joyful expression of ethnic heritage and cultural pride.

You don't have to be from the West Indies

Everyone's invited to take part in the spectacle of thousands of marchers in colorful costumes 'jumpin' down the parade route to the sounds of reggae and calypso.

A special added-attraction : the aromas of native foods like Jamaican jerk chicken, Bajan fried flying fish, and other soul-satisfying treats at the city's biggest street festival.

And that's just on Labor Day.

Takin' the weekend off

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 held throughout the weekend are also held at the nearby Brooklyn Museum on Eastern Parkway.

Have fun!

DID YOU KNOW? Brooklyn West Indian Carnival fun facts

West Indian Day Parade 2008
Months of preparation go into the colorful
costumes seen parading on Labor Day.

• Each year, months of preparation go into creating costumes, hiring music bands, arranging for food vendors, and organizing cultural events surrounding the parade.

• Attending the Brooklyn carnival is like a foodie tour of the Caribbean. In addition to jerk chicken and fried fish, a variety of regional foods available include meat patties, coconut bread, fried plantains, breadfruit, sweet potato pie, carrot cake, rum punch and ginger beer.

• While most attendees are from the NYC's five boroughs, some visitors travel in to the Brooklyn Labor Day carnival from nearby New Jersey and Connecticut or as far away as the UK and Canada.

• The total economic impact in sales and tourism for NYC from the carnival is about $300 million annually.

• The success of the Brooklyn carnival has inspired imitators in other cities such as Miami, Boston, and Los Angeles

also see -> Caribbean Travel Guides | Cambridge Carnival

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More about the Brooklyn West Indian Day Parade around the Web:

Around the Web, learn more about the West Indian Labor Day Carnival & Parade featuring history & fun facts, details and directions to the parade route, and tips & advice on best viewing areas Brooklyn rocks to a Caribbean beat this Labor Day weekend :


West Indian American Day Carnival Association - The official site of the parade organizers, offering facts & information on the parade's history, this year's schedule & directions, news & press releases, picture gallery.

West Indian American Day Carnival & Parade - The full story at Jim's Deli including tips & advice on viewing along the parade route, best bets for food & drink, subway directions, contact details.

Our Brooklyn - West Indian Carnival History - Brooklyn Library fact sheet including a lovely overview, fun facts on parade music, Caribbean food vendors and background information on parade preparations, related photos.

Labor Day Carnival - Overview of parade history, related resources & photos from Wikipedia.

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