Dancing in the Streets

22 May

SOME of you may have noticed the stomping, sliding and swirling that accompanied the fifth annual Dance Parade through the streets of Manhattan yesterday. It began just south of Madison Square Park and wended its way down to Union Square and Astor Place, ending up in Tompkins Square Park in the East Village. Heard the honking and curses by cabbies? That’s because they were stuck behind the floats and bands. One frustrated, tattooed denizen muttered, “It’s just a parade. It’s New York. Get over it!”

The "It's War Time" t-shirt wearing marching band

The "It's War Time" t-shirt wearing marching band

This smiling man posed for me

This smiling man posed for me

The hula hoop woman

The hula hoop woman

Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute performers

Korean Traditional Music and Dance Institute performers

This little girl was cheering on the Korean performers

This little girl was cheering on the Korean performers

The intense and talented hip-hop troupe from Bed Stuy's Brooklyn Drama Club

The intense and talented hip-hop troupe from Bed Stuy's Brooklyn Drama Club

To read about the New York cabaret laws, see this 2002 Village Voice article; the law in part helped spur the creation of the first New York Dance Parade.

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