The West Indian American Day Parade & Carnival celebrates its 50th anniversary from Friday, August 31, to Monday, September 4, 2017. Many people assume that the "event" is just the Labor Day parade, but weekend is filled with concerts, events, and festivities, some lasting until 3:00 a.m.
Edited by Alison Lowenstein
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West Indian Caribbean American Labor Day Parade
This is one of New York's most colorful parades, and for over fifty years has been a highlight of Brooklyn culture. Come and see the costumes, hear fabulous Caribbean music, grab some ethnic food from the street vendors, and join flag waving crowds celebrating West Indian culture. Among the nations represented are Trinidad, Barbados, and Grenada.
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There are indoor and outdoor events. Everything happens rain or shine. Some events are especially for kids. The Labor Day parade is free. Some events, however, are ticketed. Get tickets online at WIADCA.com, email WIADCAINC@GMAIL.COM, or call (718) 467 1797. You can also order a four-day ticket online.
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Caribbean Woodstock, Kick Off
Thursday marks the official kick-off event for Caribbean Carnival Week festivities and will feature popular artists from the Caribbean.
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Stay in School Talent Show
For kids, the Stay In School Youth Talent Show is a fun free event that pairs a good message about staying in school with a talent show competition. This talent showcase highlights leaders of tomorrow as they perform hip-hop, dance, steel-pan, karate, fashion, spoken word, and much more.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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Steel Band Competition
Running from Friday of the Carnival week until, usually, the wee hours of the next morning, this steel band competition is about as memorable as any musical event you'll ever attend.
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Thousands of children and families enjoy this event, which include Passing the Torch: Junior Carnival in Brooklyn. See costumes from Junior Carnival
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