Happy Labor Day! Now Let’s Party!

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We blinked and it was over. We’ve reached Labor Day weekend already, but summer ain’t over yet! There will be plenty to do to celebrate your holiday weekend and there’s still more in store for September.

When Labor Day weekend arrives, the locals celebrate like it's Mardi Gras, especially those in Broad Channel, Breezy Point and Roxbury. Breezy Point and Roxbury are private communities, so be sure to ask friends and family there if it’s okay to come down for the weekend to experience their hilariously entertaining parades. On Saturday, August 31, Breezy Point kicks off the fun with the 61st Annual Breezy Point Mardi Gras Parade at noon and at 2 p.m., the kids in Roxbury can participate in the Roxbury Children’s Mardi Gras Parade. Roxbury’s big parade will take place on Sunday, September 1 at 2:30 p.m.

All are welcome to join in Broad Channel’s Labor Day weekend activities, hosted by the Broad Channel Athletic Club (125 Cross Bay Blvd). Broad Channel kicks off their holiday weekend with an Annual Kickball Tournament on Friday, August 30 at the BCAC field. This fun event will include a DJ, 50/50s, raffles, bounce houses for the kids and more. To register to play kickball, contact Timmy Hanning at 917-273-1351. The $30 per player fee includes all you can drink and a food ticket. Players must be 21 or older and only 10 teams will be able to enter.

On Saturday, August 31, Broad Channel hosts its annual Family Day. Starting at 1 p.m. at the BCAC Field, there will be running races, a he-man contest, a bounce house, water slide, dunk tank, face-painting, raffles, food and beverages.

Sunday, September 1 will be a chance for folks to put their finishing touches on their floats in time for the Annual Broad Channel Labor Day Parade on Monday, September 2. Registration begins at 12 p.m. outside of Ruffle Bar on Monday. The parade starts on 1 p.m. along Cross Bay Blvd. There will be a parade after-party at the BCAC field where there will be rides, a DJ, food, beverages and more.

In Rockaway, you can find live music at most of your favorite eateries and bars this weekend. Plus the boardwalk concessions will be rocking with live music and Labor Day bashes all weekend long. On Friday, August 30, Caracas on 106th hosts the Greyriders at 6p.m., Rippers on Beach 86th will feature The Mooks at 6 p.m., and Low Tide Bar at Beach 97th is celebrating Dead Night by having Rainbow Spirals play all your favorite Grateful Dead Tunes starting at 5 p.m. On Saturday, August 31, Caracas will have DJs starting at 5 p.m., and Low Tide and Rippers are also expected to have live music. On Sunday, September 1 at 6 p.m., Solshyne takes the stage at Low Tide Bar. Tie Dye is encouraged and there will be a chance to win prizes. On Labor Day, Monday, September 2, Caracas will have a Labor Day Beach Party featuring the Brochachos DJs starting at 2 p.m. Low Tide Bar will also have an all-day Labor Day Bash featuring DJ Tequila Dolphin, Pasty, The Skells and High Waisted, with music starting in the afternoon.

Just because it’s Labor Day weekend, doesn’t mean the fun has to stop. Lifeguards will be on duty through Sunday, September 8. The boardwalk concessions will be open daily through Sept. 8 and weekends through the month of September. And there are plenty of events to look forward to. On Sunday, September 8, gather around Beach 91st for the Annual Richie Allen Memorial Surf Classic to celebrate the life of this firefighter who courageously gave his life on 9/11. It’s a fun family day on the beach that includes kids’ surf contests and more, beginning at 8 a.m. On Saturday, September 14, head to the Beach 106th Concession at Caracas for a sweet celebration at Honeyfest. There will be honey for sale, demonstrations and a tasting contest at the event from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also on September 14, enjoy even more goodness on Beach 50th Street as Edible Queens is teaming up with the Rockaway Business Alliance for an Endless Summer Food Fest to present a festival of international cuisines from around Queens. On Saturday, September 21, the highly-anticipated, Rockaway Times-sponsored Poseidon’s Parade comes to town. Wear your best nautical garb or watch from the sidelines as this family-friendly nautical art parade strolls down the boardwalk from Beach 106th to Beach 94th Street, starting at noon. If you’d like to participate, register at Poisedonsparade2019.splashthat.com.

Happy Labor Day!

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