Each Labor Day, millions descend upon Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn to celebrate the annual West Indian Labor Day Parade. This year will be no different, as crowds will gather for the September 5th festivities.
The West Indian Labor Day parade, in its early forms, began in Harlem during the 1920s through the efforts of West Indian Immigrants (largely from lesser Antillean islands such as Trinidad, Grenada, and Barbados). With the first official parade taking place in 1947, the route started at 110th street and ran down 7th avenue. After having its permit in Harlem revoked in 1964, the parade later gained approval for the Eastern Parkway route which it has continued to utilize ever since. Sixty years after its official inception, the parade is bigger than ever, attracting revelers from not only New York City, but the Tri-State region and beyond.
With the Pre-Dawn celebrations beginning at 2 am by the Grand Army Plaza (near Brooklyn Museum- off the 2,3,4 trains) the Monday morning the parade itself begins at 11 am and ends at 6 pm. The Parade will feature various floats, party trucks, live bands, performers on stilts and very elaborate costumes, and Guest musical performers from the Caribbean. In addition to music and dancing, the West Indian Labor Day Parade will also have hundreds of vendors selling various Caribbean foods, jewelry, apparel, and works of Art. This is definitely one New York City event you will want to experience.