Carnival Starter Kit: Get Ready For The West Indian Labor Day Parade With These 25 Songs

Labor Day and carnival season go hand-in-hand in New York City, one of the top multicultural destinations in the world. The annual New York Caribbean Carnival draws roughly two million people to Brooklyn each year throughout five days of cultural events that culminate on the Eastern Parkway.

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During the West Indian Day Parade, which is one year shy of its 50th anniversary, masqueraders hit the road in colorful costumes, West Indian chefs line the sidewalks with traditional favorites and the local community parties with tourists as Caribbean music pulses throughout the borough.

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Whether you’re a carnival newbie or a seasoned bacchanlist, warm up for the “greatest carnival in North America” with this starter kit featuring 25 hits from Antigua to Trinidad, new, classic and in-between.