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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 4, 2017.
This year, the West Indian American Day Parade & Carnival celebrates its 47th anniversary 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, 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.