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The 32nd Annual Loisida Festival & Parade
Sunday, May 26, 2019
12:00 – 5:00 pm
Taking place Rain or Shine
2019 Loisaida Fest Reaffirms LES’ Puerto Rican Roots & Latinx Heritage
2019 Community Carnival Parade*:
11:00 a.m. Kick-off/Staging site: Avenue C and 12th Street.
*Best viewing spot is on East 11th Street and Avenue C
Southeast on 10th Street and Avenue D, south on Ave D towards 6th Street, west on 6th to Avenue C, right on Ave C, then north to 12th Street and ending at Festival’s Main Stage by 12:00pm.
Amid expanding services at Loisaida Inc., a Latinx cultural celebration helps to foster healthy community connections.
NEW YORK, NY – On Sunday, May 26, 2019, the largest Latinx celebration in Lower Manhattan returns for a 32nd year. Strong Roots, Healthy Branches: Harvesting Connections, the Festival theme, pays tribute to the Loisaida Inc.’s Puerto Rican roots and longstanding commitment to the Lower East Side.
As always, the festivities commence at 11 a.m. with a Community Parade featuring the work of Garbagia , an eco-urban recycled arts initiative that will work throughout the month at the Loisaida Center with local artists and residents to conduct art building workshops to create instruments, flower masks, ‘vejigantes,’ paper mache animal masks, and other props—with an emphasis on recycled and found materials.
On the Festival Main Stage, host Awilda Rodriguez Lora will introduce an eclectic mix of Latinx musical acts, including the Lower East Side’s very own, Son del Monte , led by renowned timablero Manuel Rivera , who will be performing their take on the Cuban charanga. The lineup also includes Puerto Rican pleneros La Maquina Insular , whose lineup features Hector “Tito” Matos and other members of Viento de Agua , a group known for revitalizing the Puerto Rican musical traditions of bomba y plena. Making their Festival debut will be Nuyorican experimental salsa orchestra, Abrazos Army . Rounding out the main stage lineup will be Afro-Cuban dancer Yesenia Selier and Puerto Rican theatre troupe, Y No Había Luz.
Y No Había Luz will also perform as part of the 6th Annual Festival Theater Lab . The family-friendly event will move to the street-level this year as part of the festival’s street vendor fair along Avenue C or what is known as the Loisaida Commercial Corridor (E. 6th Street to E. 12th Street.). After the successful debut of their post-Hurricane play ¡Ay Maria! at last year’s Festival, Puerto Rican/Latin American theatre collective Mezcolanza will again host a series of one-act performances. Plenatoriom , a Puerto Rican plena initiative housed at Loisaida, and the improv comedy troupe Teatro 220 will also perform, followed by the closing Community Pageant.
CELEBRATE ISRAEL PARADE 2019
Sunday, June 2, 2019
11:00 am – 4:00 pm
Parade to be held on Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets
The 2019 Celebrate Israel Parade, one of the largest events in New York City, is back for the 55th year on Sunday, June 2, from 11 AM to 4 PM, marching up Fifth Avenue from 57th to 74th Streets, Manhattan.
Fifth Avenue will once again turn blue and white as more than 30 floats, musical performers, 15 world-class marching bands, and 40,000 marchers entertain hundreds of thousands of spectators for the largest celebration of Israel in the world.
This year’s Parade will welcome Edward A. Mermelstein, Founder and CEO of One & Only Realty and President of ZAKA, as the Grand Marshall.
The 2019 creative theme for marching groups and floats is “Only in Israel,” after the famed Hebrew song Rak B’Yisrael. Each group or float will include colorful banners, costumes, and props related to the theme in some way in a show of unity and pageantry for Israel.
The Parade will take place rain or shine. For the latest information on the Celebrate Israel Parade, please visit the Parade website at www.celebrateisraelny.org or follow us on [email protected] or visit our Facebook page: Celebrate Israel Parade.
The League Of Professional Theatre Women
Presents The 7th Annual
Women Stage The World Parade
Tuesday, June 11 in Times Square
The League of Professional Theatre Women (Kelli Lynn Harrison & Catherine Porter, Co-Presidents), an organization which has been leading the gender parity conversation and championing women in the professional theatre for over 35 years, will lead the seventh annual Women Stage the World Parade, a march to advocate for equal representation for women in theatre, on Tuesday, June 11 from 6-7pm, beginning and ending at the TKTS booth in Times Square.
Women Stage the World, an advocacy project of the LPTW, is designed to educate the public about the role women play in creating theatre and the gender barriers they face as men continue to outnumber women by 4 to 1 in key roles such as playwright, director and designer. Women buy two-thirds of the tickets and represent 65% of the audience, yet 80% of the time the storytelling on stage is shaped by men’s voices, not women. The Women Stage the World Parade and March will prompt ticket-buyers to ask three questions as they make buying decisions:
- Who wrote, directed and designed this play?
- What is this theatre’s track record in giving opportunities to women?
- How can you spread the word and promote women’s voices?
Like the suffragettes before them, Women Stage the World empowers women and men to become aware, take action and influence others. For the past seven years Women Stage the World has marched through Times Square- educating theatre goers about the importance of gender parity in the American Theater.
March participants will gather at the TKTS booth in Times Square starting at 5:30pm. The march will commence at 6pm and weave through Times Square and the Broadway district. The event is FREE and the League of Professional Theatre Women invites all theatre women and allies to participate in this march, as we boost awareness, lift our voices, and advocate for more opportunities for women in theatre. All march participants are encouraged to dress as their favorite historical theatre woman or in all white. Women Stage the World sashes and signs will be provided, as supplies last. If you’re a theatre woman or ally interested in participating in the event please email [email protected].
The League of Professional Theatre Women (a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization) has been championing women and leading the gender parity conversation in the professional theatre for over 35 years. Since its founding, the LPTW’s membership has grown to 500+ theatre artists and practitioners of all backgrounds, across multiple disciplines, working in the commercial and non-profit sectors. To increase visibility of and opportunities for women in the field, the LPTW spearheads events, public programming, advocacy initiatives, media, and publications that celebrate industry luminaries, preserve the legacy of historic visionaries, raise awareness of the importance of nurturing women’s voices, and shine a spotlight on the imperative of striving for gender parity and fostering a diversity of expression, both in the theatre world and the world at large. To find out more about how you can support its endeavors, please visit www.theatrewomen.org.