You already know how hype the West Indian American Day Parade on Labor Day gets, starting on Brooklyn’s Eastern Parkway and looping down Flatbush Avenue, but if you’re looking for some pre-parade after-hours fun, Webster Hall’s annual 5 Alarm Blaze party is going to be tough to beat. Where last year the venue hosted the respective kings of soca and dancehall, Machel Montano and Beenie Man, this year’s celebration teams up Montano with Mavado, he whose “So Special” ruled 2008, and Konshens, whose “Gal a Bubble” will be heard throughout the weekend. Other options? Hot 97’s annual On Da Reggae Tip, which, on Friday, brings everybody who’s anybody to Hammerstein, and the Barclays Center’s Caribbean Fever festival, which features legends like Bunji Garlin, Damian Marley, and Shabba Ranks all weekend.
Sun., Sept. 1, 10 p.m., 2013