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Ramping up to Brooklyn's Fab West Indian Labor Day Parade: September 2, 2013

By August 27, 2013

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Catch this: Brooklyn's famed Caribbean American Labor Day Parade is Mardi Gras in the Big Apple. It's not a day, really, but rather a week of preparatory events, celebrations, and even a  preview of parade steel drums at the Brooklyn Museum.

The actual parade happens on Labor Day Monday, along the Eastern Parkway's broad boulevard.

What to see? Costumed marchers, some wearing huge feathered headdresses,bands, steel band music, floats, scant costumes, live music, street vendors selling delicious Caribbean specialties, and a great atmosphere. A word to the wise, though: with over a million people in attendance, it can get both crowded and, weather depending, hot.

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