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A spectacular combination of Las Vegas glitz and Caribbean music will overflow Brooklyn’s streets on Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 6, as the 37th annual West Indian American Day parade kicks off at 11 am.

Featuring live music, stilt dancers, Caribbean foods and more, the colorful pageant will feature grand marshals Dennis Walcott, New York City’s deputy mayor for policy; Sen. Charles Schumer; and Edison O. Jackson, president of Medgar Evers College.

The parade begins at Eastern Parkway and Utica Avenue in Crown Heights and travels down Eastern Parkway towards the Central Library at Grand Army Plaza. The service roads have stands of vendors lined up selling foods, crafts, books, clothing, art, jewelry and more.

Festival organizers, the West Indian-American Day Carnival Association, predict this year’s fest to attract more than 3 million participants. So arrive early to claim a good vantage point and wear comfortable, sturdy shoes and a hat. And don’t forget water.

For more information about the parade, which continues until 6 pm, log on to or call (718) 467-1797.

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