Thursday, September 04, 2008
Booklyn West Indian Day Carnival
Labor Day is not Labor Day without the West Indian Day Parade on Eastern Parkway.
New York union labor leadership gets credit for creating the well established Labor Day which now also marks the end of summer for most.
The the Brooklyn Carnival parade upholds the deep NYC traditions as well as the first proposal for the holiday -- "a street parade to exhibit to the public "the strength and esprit de corps of the trade and labor organizations" of the community, followed by a festival for the recreation and amusement of the workers and their families."
Growing up in Brookly and Jamaica has been a unique experience for me. I can say I have the best of both worlds. The Labor Day parade has become a tradition.