New York City Labor Day highlighted by 2012 West Indian Labor Day Parade

New York City Labor Day highlighted by 2012 West Indian Labor Day Parade

Robust and festive music. Aromatic and exotic foods. Vibrant and Colorful Costumes. These are all three very conspicuous qualities of the 45th Annual Brooklyn West Indian Labor Day Parade scheduled for Monday September 3rd.

At 3 am on Monday morning, the days festivities will kick off with a J’ouvert celebration with steel pan. The Parade route begins at 11 am at Utica Avenue and Eastern Parkway. It will run down eastern parkway, ending at Grand Army Plaza in Park Slope.

Admission is free. All along the route, there will be numerous Caribbean food vendors serving exotic Caribbean street foods.

For transportation, take 2,3,4,5 trains to stops between and including Eastern Parkway-Brooklyn Museum and Norstrand Avenue, with the parade ending at the Brooklyn Museum.

New York City Labor Day highlighted by 2012 West Indian Labor Day Parade

Monday’s carnival will headline the weekend long celebration of Caribbean American culture in New York City. From, Thursday through to Monday’s Parade, there will be evening entertainment at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway).

  • Thursday, August 30th– “Mas Mas and more Mas”
    • 7pm-1 am Showtime (Doors open at 6 pm)
    • $25 advance tickets/$30 at the door
    • Featuring Caribbean singers: Francine, Natasha Wilson and DJ One plus
  • Friday, August 30th– “Stay in School Concert”
    • 1 pm- 4 pm
    • Free
    • Featuring Steal Band, hip hop dancing, karate, fashion show, etc.
  • Friday August 31st– “BrassFest”
    • 8 pm-3 am (Doors open at 7 pm)
    • $45 in advance/$50 at the door
    • Featuring artists: Machel Montano, Patrice Roberts, Mr. Vegas, etc.
  • Saturday, September 1st– “Junior Carnival”
    • Carnival route assembles at 8 am at Kingston Avenue. Route stretches  from St. John’s Street  & Franklin Avenue south to President St. to Brooklyn Museum Grounds
    • Admission is $5 (free for children under 5)
  • Saturday, September 1st– “Steel Band Panorama Competition”
    • 8 pm -3 am showtime (Doors open at 6 pm)
    • Admission: $40 in advance/$45 at the door
    • DJ One Plus
  • Sunday, September 2nd– “Dimanche Gras”
    • 6 pm-1 am (Doors open at 5 pm)
    • Admission: $30 in advance/$35 at the door
    • Featuring: Stilt Walkers, Calypso Rose, and more.

For more information, contact the West Indian American Day Carnival Association. See you all there for a good time, good music, and good vibes.



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