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How to Make Money on Labor Day

Updated on October 31, 2014
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Are you searching for a money making opportunity? If you are currently in the buying and selling of small merchandise, flee market business, and especially the restaurant and food business, you are certainly missing out on a great opportunity to make some extra money- if you don't know anything about the biggest Labor Day event in New York.

Labor Day Parade In Brief

The Labor Day Parade is an annual event that takes place along the Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn, NY. This is no doubt the largest event that usually takes place on Labor Day, in New York.

It's an occasion where people from all the different Caribbean Islands and the U.S. come together to celebrate their customs/traditions and just to have a great time partying in general. It's a moment where they usually showcase their handcrafted items, other merchandise, food,dance, music and culture in general, and just to enjoy a day off from work.

Some New York state organizations,religious bodies, senates, mayors, councilmen/women, and other distinguished States and City officials also try to advertise, lobby for support, deliver an important message or just to let themselves be known to the general public. They usually do their parading just before the beginning of the main events.

As the dancing men and women gyrate in their beautifully decorated costumes along the Eastern Parkway - a long stretch of roadways - throngs of spectators behind barricades wave colorful flags of different nations, while some dance to the music, cheer, blow whistles or hank horns, shake tambourines and so on.

The crowd is usually make up of a well diverse group - people of all ethnicity. The food is no exception - vendors from all ethnic groups line up along the street sides of the Parkway showcasing their food, as they try to cash in enormously on this huge Labor Day event. Other merchandise on sale, include, handcrafted goods, shirts, purses, handbags, costume jewelry, movies, music, DVDs, CDs, flags, souvenirs and many other merchandise.

The NYPD always come out in huge number just to make sure nothing goes out of order, and they always seem to do a very good job maintaining the peace and keeping the thousands of spectators under control.

Labor Day Parade Main Events

The main event of the Parade usually kicks off at 11:00 am on Labor Day and wraps up at approximately 6:00 pm. Getting to the Easter Parkway is usually not a problem. However, it's best to take the subway, because parking as you can imagine, can be bit of a problem, especially if you are not that familiar with New York.

How To Get To The Labor Day Parade

If you are traveling from out of NY state or even if you live in NY and have to travel quite a distant from the site of the parade --- bearing in mind that New York subway system is pretty extensive, here are a few directions/suggestions to get to the parade. You can take these following train which will all take yo to a location along the route of the parade:

  1. Take #2 train to Grand Army Plaza or Franklin Ave
  2. Take #3 train to Grand Army Plaza or Franklin Ave or Utica Ave
  3. Take #4 train to Franklin Ave or Utica Ave
  4. Take #5 to Franklin Ave

FYI: The cost of a MetroCard is $4.50, this will take you to and from the parade.

Of course there are other ways you can get there, but these are just a few suggestions. One final word of advice --- try to leave one half of a hour or more before the event is over, if not you will have to fight your way through the crowd to get to the subway. I don't need to tell you that the trains will also be crowded if you choose to leave when the parade is over!

If you are interested in cashing in on this great money making opportunity, and is planning on having a food truck or a stand to sell your food or other items, you may have to get all the necessary information from the city's department responsible for overseeing this event.

West Indian Labor Day Parade 2012

MetroCard Use To Ride New York Subways


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    • mackyi profile imageAUTHOR

      I.W. McFarlane 

      6 years ago from Philadelphia

      Hey Mhatter99, you are welcome! thanks for dropping by. Thought I would just share a few of the clips I have captured from the annual West Indies Labor Day carnival/parade in New York. A friend and I decided to take the trip down to NY--- my original State of residence. The carnival was a little crazy but funny! The crowd was very diverse; not to mention the food --- it was good! The overall atmosphere was awesome!

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      Martin Kloess 

      6 years ago from San Francisco

      Thank you for sharing this with us.


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