Our Labor Day Adventure in Brooklyn

by Naima Sanowar

in Drink,Food,New York

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Yesterday was the annual Labor Day Parade ( West Indian Carnival) in Brooklyn. Born and bred on the island of Trinidad & Tobago, it has always been a tradition since migrating to New York City ( I was 18 years old) to attend the parade. Since getting married and having my son, I have not had any time to head to Eastern Parkway to see the colorful costumes, eat yummy Caribbean food, listen to the latest calypso tunes and more importantly run into friends I have not seen in years. In fact our past Labor Day escapades have been trips out to the Hamptons. A vast difference between the two adventures, equally fabulous to me.

Yesterday I told Karate Boy I was taking him to a parade that showcased my culture, music and food. He was excited and rearing to go ( of course he would be, he is my kid). The Epicurean Man opted to stay home and relax since he had been traveling for work the past two days. Eastern Parkway bound, our first stop was to get flags that represented our country. Well my country, Trinidad & Tobago, we also picked up a flag for my hubby… a Jamaican flag. The colors of all the Caribbean nations were on full display yesterday. It was bit difficult taking cool artisitc pictures. I was in Mummy mode, making sure Karate Boy was safe amongst the tens of thousands of people. I tried my best, hope you enjoy them. We also stopped by this new Trinidadian restaurant that recently opened on our way home. We ordered curry chicken, pumpkin and roti… one word …YUMMY !!!!.

I am also adding a very short and sweet interview of Karate Boy about his first Labor Day Parade experience.

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Tiffany September 6, 2011 at 10:41 PM

I love the post! And are you kidding, the pictures are fabulous. Have to admit, I was a little sad he didn’t like it :( . Maybe next year the “adventure” can be kiddie’s carnival…a little calmer?
Sidenote: At the end of the parade, I went to Ali’s on Flatbush. I meet a Trini family who brought their son on the parkway for the 1st time. The family was from Indiana and although they visit NY frequently, he has never experienced “Labor Day”. The little boy had so many questions. “What do you get for the costume”, “How much is it”, and his final questions “Are we coming next year….can I do it?”. It warmed my heart to see his curiosity and excitement. The parade is a bit crazy but the culture and traditions behind it are so meaningful. Nonetheless, still a great adventure! :)

Naima Sanowar September 7, 2011 at 12:18 AM

Thanks Tiffany for the support on my Blog. karate Boy later recanted the Labor Day parade was ” Awesome”. I guess he realized he was a bit too speedy in judgment.

I agree with you the parade though a bit crazy it is rich with culture and traditions like you said. I am so glad I took my son this year. It was a great adventure.

Tiffany September 12, 2011 at 10:48 PM

yeah!!!!! so glad he liked :) . Can we get him in a costume next year? lol

Natalie De Souza December 11, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Your son is adorable. I was thinking exactly the same thing when i saw the video. he should probably experience ‘Kiddies’ Carnival next. When my twins were around 4, I took them to Kiddies Carnival and they had a blast. The next year,they actually played ‘mas’. Of course they have no recollection of this. At 18, but they now embrace the Carnival culture as part of their heritage.
Can’t wait to see how he reacts to the children’s parade!

Naima Sanowar December 11, 2011 at 11:02 PM

Hi Natalie,

” Kiddies” Carnival maybe the right move. Thanks for suggesting it.


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