2004-08-13 / Community

Large Turnout For Rockaway’s Third Annual Multicultural Festival

By Miriam Rosenberg


Demonstrating some of the diversity of the Rockaways, the crowd was entertained by the Dandiya Stick Dancers.
Demonstrating some of the diversity of the Rockaways, the crowd was entertained by the Dandiya Stick Dancers. Contributing Editor

More than 3,500 people celebrated unity in Rockaway at the Third Annual Rockaway Multicultural Family Festival this past Saturday at O’Donohue Park. Those attending were treated to free entertainment and food, sporting competitions held by the PAL, a clown, face painting and horseback rides for children provided by the Federation of Black Cowboys.

The NYPD’s American Youth Passport Program provided parents with documentation should a child disappears and various agencies set up tables with information on services available to Rockaway residents.

Councilman James Sanders, Jr. and State Senator Malcolm Smith join Police Officer Mary Craine-Bachner and Fern Zagor (Addabbo/PRYSE) – members of the festival planning committee. 
Councilman James Sanders, Jr. and State Senator Malcolm Smith join Police Officer Mary Craine-Bachner and Fern Zagor (Addabbo/PRYSE) – members of the festival planning committee. Organizers said that attendance this year was triple the 1,200 people who came in 2003. In 2002, 950 people showed up.

Among the festival’s sponsors were Far Rockaway Weed and Seed, Addabbo/PRYSE, CURC (Collaboration for Unity in the Rockaway Community) and the NYPD. Planning for Festival 2005 begins in October.

Boy Scout troop 41 from the 41st Street Houses and members of the NYPD Honor Guard pose for The Wave’s camera before presenting the colors.
Boy Scout troop 41 from the 41st Street Houses and members of the NYPD Honor Guard pose for The Wave’s camera before presenting the colors.


Juan Mercado looks on as his son Joey gets set in the saddle for a horseback ride provided by the Federation of Black Cowboys. 
Juan Mercado looks on as his son Joey gets set in the saddle for a horseback ride provided by the Federation of Black Cowboys. Lahvica Ramsey gets a ride on top of her uncle’s (Shaun Wheeler) shoulders as they tour the festival.age, a gospel group who flew in from Barbados for the event, performs.
Lahvica Ramsey gets a ride on top of her uncle’s (Shaun Wheeler) shoulders as they tour the festival.age, a gospel group who flew in from Barbados for the event, performs.

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