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The Labour Day Parade in New York is a key part of the annual West
Indian Carnival that takes place in the city each September, with the
parade itself reserved for Labor Day, one of the few public holidays
in the United States that gives everyone the day off, making for huge
crowds gathering in the streets to enjoy the celebrations.
Labor Day itself is an important day on the calendar, dedicated to the American labor movement and the various advances made in their rights and achievements through the years.
The New York carnival associated with Labor Day has actually been taking place each year since the 1920's, originally based in Harlem but later moving out to the current Crown Heights location in Brooklyn in 1964. The parade draws an estimated crowd of 1 million out onto the street to watch the festival of colour, music and dancing.
The Brooklyn Labor Day parade is one of the more informal events
you're likely to encounter, in fitting with the relaxed Caribbean
attitude to life
The Brooklyn parade is a key part of the wider carnival that also includes a Dimanche Gras celebration on the Sunday and a J'Ouvert parade on the Monday morning. The main parade steps off at around 11am on Eastern parkway and Schenectady to heads to Flatbush and lasts most of the day.
Elsewhere, New York also hosts the NYC Labor
Day Parade. This parade will
kick off at 10AM at 5th Ave. and 44th Street in Manhattan. This is a FREE event. The nearest Subway station is the 42nd
St Bryant Park B,D,F,M station. Its also near the 5th
Ave/53rd St. E,M station.
The event is organized by
the New York City Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO, which is a
federation of 300 unions representing 1.3 million workers in the NYC
area, which is the nation's largest municipal labor federation.
There has been live stream coverage from the New York Labor day parade in previous years, with the local TV and radio stations the most likely sources of online links. We'll be keeping a close eye out as the day draws nearer and post any links we find right here.
Last year live streaming was provided by the Wiadca carnival site, so we would be hopeful of seeing the same again this year:
Carnival parade stream
Another option you may like to consider is to check out some of the local live webcam views, there are absolutely loads in and around New York, including several at key positions in the area. Check out the webcam listings here:
New York webcams
There are some fantastic videos from previous years parades on Youtube, helping give a flavour of what to expect. You can expect to see this updated with streams from this year's event pretty soon after it finishes:
Labor Day Parade videos
You can also of course keep up with events from the carnival and parade on the usual social media channels, including a dedicated page for the West Indian American Day Carnival Association on Facebook.
There is never really a cheap time to visit New York in terms of hotel prices, which remain among some of the highest in the world, but one small consolation is that Brooklyn does tend to be more affordable than Manhattan, so if you want to be close to the parade and carnival events then it may save your budget a little.
You can check availability and make reservations for local hotels here.
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