If you are planning on staying in New York for Labor Day, here are three quick ideas for things to do.
West-Indian American Day Carnival
Eastern Pkwy from Schenectady Ave to Flatbush Ave, Crown Heights, Brooklyn., September 2
New York’s version of Toronto’s Caribana features the same upbeat music, outrageous costumes and floats blaring soca and calypso music. Countries that are represented include Barbados, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago. If you are hungry, there are plenty of street vendors who have set up shop on Eastern Parkway and hock island grub including jerk chicken and curry goat. If you are really in the party mood, you can pre-drink at J’ouvert which you can throw powdered paint with other patrons.
Randalls Island Park, Robert F. Kennedy Bridge at Randalls Island, August 30 – September 1
One of the biggest Electric Dance Music festivals in the world takes place this weekend in New York as EDM fans prepare to dance the weekend away and groove to the sounds of some of the best deejays in the world. Making this year’s festival even more noteworthy as DJ Diplo attempts to set a new Guinness World Record for having the most people twerk at a single event. In light of Miley Cyrus’ recent “performance” with Robin Thick at MTV’s Video Music Awards, this thing is sure to get some attention. For more info, check out http://www.madeevent.com/ElectricZoo/
NYC Unicycle Festival
City Hall Park (August 30), Governors Island (August 31), Governors Island (September 1)
The brainchild of Bidlestiff Family Cirkus, this event is three days of unicycle races, games, and trick displays. Attendees are invited to participate on a 13 mile ride from City Hall to Coney Island to celebrate Brooklyn Unicycle Day. On September 1, visitors can join the King Charles Troupe for team unicycle activities including hockey, basketball and even sumo-wrestling. There are also beginner unicycle lessons available.