Sir Godfrey Gregg

As New York prepares for the Labour Day celebrations, the police are also bracing for any form of violence that may occur. Monday will also mark the unofficial start of the Fall Season.

This is the time of year when Caribbean folks from around the world converge on the streets of New York and more in Brooklyn. Many backyard parties, street side Bar-B-Que, street drinking and now you can smoke the weed openly so there will be lots of activities to attend.

Many more will have to work and lots of West Indians work in essential services like hospitals and homecare so they will be missing out on some of the fun that others will be enjoying. There will be a difference of reflections to the main cause of the celebration, but one thing for sure is people will be celebrating.

I visited the Parkway once in 2015 and it is not a place for me to be. I really do not like crowds and there is too many violence associated with the parade. Many cases the innocent bystander gets caught in the crossfire (The unintended target).

Those that will be attending any of the activities are to exercise caution and to be aware of their surroundings. Whenever you feel uncomfortable use your instinct and take cover and walk away. Do not let the liquor control your actions. Be sober and vigilant and remember the season is for a short time.

All the family are to take caution and travel wisely. Always have a designated driver and let your family know your whereabouts. Avoid the unavoidable and the mayhem bad decisions can cause those at home. Stay safe and your family loves you.

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