Mermaid Parade, Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Fest, Winning photos

Fact of the Day: George Washington had to borrow money so he could travel to his inauguration. I believe here and in Britain many left office without a pension. The Mermaid Parade this Saturday 1 pm. is like Mardi Gras and you will probably meet a lot of friends and BCers.  It is a celebration of ancient mythology and honky-tonk rituals of the seaside, it showcases over 3,000 creative individuals from all over the five boroughs and beyond, opening the summer with incredible art, entrepreneurial spirit and community pride. The parade highlights Coney Island Pageantry based on a century of many Coney parades, celebrates the artistic vision of the masses, and ensures that the summer season is a success by bringing hundreds of thousands of people to the amusement area in a single day. See self-expression in public. Unlike most parades, this one has no ethnic, religious, or commercial aims. It’s a major New York holiday invented by artists. It features participants dressed in hand-made costumes based on themes and categories. This creates an artistic framework on which artists can improvise, resulting in the flourishing of frivolity, dedication, pride, and personal vision that has become how New York celebrates summer. http://www.coneyisland.com/programs/mermaid-parade#sthash.FBS8jSr3.dpuf. Louis Armstrong’s Wonderful World Fest Saturday 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm is a day of music, food, and fun in Flushing Meadows Corona Park. This year’s festival, which is ticketed but free, will feature performances by Lauryn Hill, Antibalas, Ozomati, Rebirth Brass Band and the Shannon Powell Traditional All-Star Band. Additionally, there will be DJ sets in the nearby Queens Museum “recreating the memorable garden parties that Louis hosted for his friends and neighbors,” according to the press release. Tickets at http://armstrongswonderfulworld.com/http://armstrongswonderfulworld.com/. Winning photos: The Colors of Holi: check out Kuhokee Das’s winning photo of fellow students taken during the Hindu Holi Festival at Queens College  http://www.cuny.edu/news/features/photo-contest/winners2014.

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