2004-07-30 / Community

Multicultural Fair Set For O’Donohue Park

Rockaway’s 3rd Annual Multicultural Family Festival will once again be held at O’Donohue Park (Beach 17 th Street and Seagirt Blvd.) on August 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 6 p.m., rain or shine, according to event coordinators.

The event is led by the Project for Rockaway Youth in Safety and Education (PRYSE) and by Weed & Seed. PRYSE is a coalition of 50 community organizations funded under a grant from the Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative to help reduce violence and strengthen families. Weed & Seed is a U.S. Justice Department anti-crime program administered by the NYPD.

The highlight of the event will be the opening ceremony scheduled to begin at noon.

As part of the multicultural festival’s tradition, during the ceremony kick-off, tribute is paid to the victims lost on 9/11/01 and the crash of American Airline’s Flight of 587 and their loved ones. This year we want pay our tribute by celebrating their lives and display how a community can unite after such a tragedy. A special vocal selection will be presented by Tavia Blakely, a community resident and aide to Assemblywoman Michele Titus.

The Annual Multicultural Festival is the day when the east end meets west. Each year the event brings out over 1,000 people despite the inclement weather we have had for the last two years. It provides the opportunity for the entire Rockaway community to come together, to enjoy its vast diversity, and to celebrate the resilience of the peninsula.

The activities are planned to appeal to people of all ages, groups and cultures. This year’s event will be an even greater success with more attractions. It will feature live entertainment from: The African Love Institute, Indian Dancing- Nritya Kala Kendra Academy, The Action Center will present it’s Hip Hop Dancers, Marshall Artist and Steppers; music by: Together Brother Entertainment, Hip Hop Performers: Mind Spray, Connelly Center for Performing, Gospel Steel Drum and the 12:57 band; various sport activities sponsored by the PAL and Cross Island YMCA, a petting zoo, a clown, face painting, children games, free food, give-a-ways and much, much more.

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