- by Liz Berntson
Looking for something bound to be fun, inspiring and sure to be a good time? Consider dancing in or otherwise checking out the 11th Annual Dance Parade and Festival on Saturday, May 20th, 2017. According to the website, www.danceparade.org, this year’s “ceremony is reflection of this year’s theme, DANCE FOR PEACE, celebrating diversity and culture.” The parade will include 150 dance groups across 83 particular styles of dance, all with their own take on what it means to celebrate peace and unity.
The fun begins between 22nd and 21st between Park and Fifth Avenue, where the Parade will kick off at 1pm. From there, you can watch and/or hustle, pirouette, tap, etc. your way along Broadway as thousands of dancers of all types groove their way to Astor Place where there will be performances at a grandstand. But the dancing doesn’t stop there. The website also says, “Ending in Tompkins Square Park, DanceFest comes alive from 3 to 7pm highlighting the artistic excellence and cultural treasures found in the Dance Parade. Festival goers are invited to view the richness of its cultural forms on four stages, participate in social dancing and take dance lessons—all FREE to the public.” The parade also will include gorgeous floats and hosts a photo contest.
And if you find yourself still wanting to move to the music post parade and festivities, there’s an after party just a block from Tompkins Square Park. For even more details, take a look at: http://danceparade.org/grand-marshals-announced-11th-annual-dance-parade/.
Dance Parade route: http://new.danceparade.org/the-parade-route/
Want to join a dance group? http://danceparade.org/join-a-group/.
There are so many reasons to dance, love and celebrate here in New York City and this seems like a great way to get down and with a whole lotta of our like-minded neighbors!
Hope to see you there.