Sialyl Lewis x (sLe(x)) derivatives conjugated to readily visualized molecular labels are useful chemical probes to study selectin-carbohydrate interactions. Localization of the selectins on the surface of leukocytes and activated endothelial cells can be detected through fluorescence of bound selectin ligands. Herein we present a short chemoenzymatic synthesis of a fluorescently labeled bivalent sLe(x) conjugate. The use of an amino-substituted monovalent sLe(x) to obtain fluorescent- and biotin-labeled sLe(x) derivatives is also described. The cell-staining utility of the fluorescent sLe(x) conjugates is demonstrated for a HUVEC cell line expressing E-selectin and for CHO-K1 cells expressing either L- or E-selectin.