New York Parade 2011

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On Saturday, the New York Dance parade rocked the streets from 21st Street and Broadway, past Union Square, to Tompkins Square Park, where paraders met up for Dance Fest. Throughout the parade, the sun slipped in and out of clouds, drops fell and then disappeared. Despite a wishy-washy day for weather, colorful costumes popped, pirouetted and jumped off the monotone streets and steely barricades.

There were dance groups representing a variety of cultures and different styles of dance (ballet, traditional dance from the Ivory Coast, drum lines and even acrobatics!), but no matter the inspiration, the crowds at Union Square resisted the urge to dance along with them. In case you missed the action, here’s a glimpse.

Photos by Heather Holland

Student art exhibit at Union Square

“A View from the Lunchroom: Students Bringing Issues to the Table”

Middle School students and guest artists Christo and Audrey Flack will unveil the largest student art exhibition in Parks history at Union Square Park tomorrow at 11:20 a.m. Nearly 400 NYC public middle school students participated in ten unique works of art, creating art out of mere lunchroom tables. Themes address crucial issues in their communities and the world. The tables will be displayed this summer at ten parks across the five boroughs. The exhibition was created by LEAP’s Public Art Program in cooperation with NYC Parks Department.