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West Indian Day Parade 2017 guide

Immerse yourself in Caribbean culture during the West Indian Day Parade—2017’s festivities may be the best yet!

Photograph: Filip Wolak

The West Indian Day Parade 2017 and carnival is one of the best things to do in summer, as the event draws close to two million people during Labor Day weekend. (So, yeah, you could consider this the most exciting Labor Day Parade NYC has to offer). Instead of spending your day off at one many New York beaches, consider immersing yourself in rich Caribbean culture and heritage—it’s bound to be one of the best parties in New York this year.

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When is the West Indian Day Parade?

The West Indian Day Parade is Monday, September 4, 2017. The march starts at 11am.

Where is the West Indian Day Parade?

During the seven-hour New York carnival, steel-pan and calypso bands in elaborate costumes march down Eastern Parkway, and vendors sell homestyle island grub along the route in Crown Heights, Brooklyn. The parade starts at the Brooklyn Museum.

What can you do before the West Indian Day Parade?

The pre-parade parties begin before dawn with J’ouvert (daybreak in French), an irreverent festival held before the parade.

What happens during the West Indian Day Parade?

Revelers often dress up as political figures or celebrities and throw powdered paint at each other, while steel drums and whistles provide the celebratory soundtrack.

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