RWA Bike Parade Rocks And Rolls
The more than 80 riders departed from Rockaway Waterfront Alliance’s Firehouse 59 building at Beach 59th Street and traveled up to Shorefront Parkway. The pedal powered parade wound its way to the MoMA PS1 Dome at Beach 95th Street.
Motorists and pedestrians alike marveled at the creative and colorful assembly of parade participants.
Among those, the Aeolian Ride, with their signature wind-inflated costumes, conceived by artist Jessica Findley, were one of the largest teams. Other entrants rode skateboards, trikes, 3- seater bikes and an old-fashioned, big wheeled penny-farthing bike. Individuals and groups also participated in costumes such as the trio of Disney Princesses, and decorated their bikes accordingly.
Upon arrival at the Dome, three trophy winners were announced by a panel of four judges which included Anne Hourigan of the Rockaway Artists Alliance, Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer from the Queens Council of the Arts, Steve Stathis from Boarders Surf Shop/Graybeards and National Park Service Ranger John Daskalakis.
Among the winners were Allison Johnson, taking home the trophy for the "Most Unique and Artistic" for her flower bike. The "Most Entertaining" trophy went to The Rollicking Rockaways, (Polly Huang, Ben Emmons, Hana Gilbert, Ben Evans, and Audrey Mattio) whose colorful traveling circus theme featured a gypsy, clown, ringmaster and tigers!
The third trophy for "Most Green / Environmentally Friendly" went to "Nature's Army" (Bharat Gurdin, Christopher Carr, Ravin Pahladsingh and Sabrina Borno from RWA's Shore Corps Program), who launched love bomb seeds (courtesy of artist Anne Apparu) to restore native plants on the peninsula.
Food and refreshments were provided by the local food truck, The Fisherman's Dog.
The annual Rockaway Bike Parade was created in 2012 to celebrate and encourage human-powered transportation in the Rockaways. This event is presented by Rockaway Waterfront Alliance and the National Park Service. Special thanks to MoMA PS1 and the NYC Department of Parks and Recreation.