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Jackson Heights Parades & Festivals - Festivals & Parades in Jackson Heights & Corona Parades

Sep 13, 2017 at 08:51 pm by mikewood


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Parades In Jackson Heights & Corona Queens

January 2018 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Queens Parades / Queens Buzz NYC.

This section shows many of the parades in Jackson Heights Queens, including the Colombian Parade, the Ecuadorian Parade, the Bolivian Parade, the LGBT Parade, the Hispanic Day Parade and the Kids Halloween Day Parade.


Jackson Heights Parades & Corona Parades 2017


Music Party - John Lennon Educational Tour Block Party

John Lennon & Musicians' Creativity is Celebrated in Jackson Heights

October 10, 2017 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Queens Buzz NYC.

Jackson Heights John Lennon Educational Tour Bus Block Party

john lennon educational bus tour nyc jackson heights queens john lennon educational bus tourI headed up to Jackson Heights to see what the John Lennon Educational Tour Block Party was all about. The party was scheduled from 12 noon to 5 pm along 78th Playstreet off 34th Avenue in Jackson Heights. Live music, free food and giveaways were part of the appeal, and a good crowd had turned out.

There was a large bus equipped with a portable production studio where visitors were being taught how to create music for a demo tape. As I understand it, the intent of the John Lennon Bus Block Parties is to show kids and adults how they can make music for those who might be interested in making a career in music as well as for those interested in making music for their recreational pleasure.

There was a large stage at the end of the street, where music was playing and where later in the afternoon Bootsy Collins would perform. I briefly met Bootsy and his wife and took a few photos. They were dressed like they'd just stepped out of the Yellow Submarine and were headed down Abbey Road.

I found a perch atop one of the large stones in Playstreet and shot a video to the tunes coming from the soundsystem. I will try to post it in the near future. The music is good and the crowd was interesting, which is what the video was about. I bumped into Michael Mallon from City Councilmember Danny Dromm's office and we talked about the event. He told me that this was the second year it was hosted at 78th Playstreet in Jackson Heights, but that the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus had been hosting block parties for about two decades.

There was some literature and interactive workshops available in the booths where I could see kids and their parents enjoying the possibility of becoming media mavens. On my way out I sampled a couple of small donuts from the Doughnuttery, which has outlets in Manhattan, but not Queens ... least not yet.

All in all it looked like an enjoyable way to spend the afternoon. Bootsie was to play around 3 pm, while the workshops and bus would stay open until about 5 pm.



Jackson Heights Parades & Corona Parades 2016



Jackson Heights Parades & Corona Parades 2015


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Colombian Festival of Flowers Parade

Celebration of Colonial Past & Current Colombian Floral Industry

colombian flower parade photos queensJuly 13, 2015 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Queens Parades / Queens Buzz.

 

I attended the Colombian Festival of Flowers Parade on Sunday in Jackson Heights. The parade started at 12 noon at 69th Street on Northern Blvd and marched up to 86th Street. It was a three hour parade with a full coterie of floats, dancers, musicians and marchers - many of which were dressed in classical couture or costume.

The Festival of Flowers originated in the city Medellin in Colombia nearly 60 years ago.

Based on what I could gather [but not confirm] the parade has been morphing and evolving over the years. When it originated, the festival was focused on flowers and was celebrated in May in with some association with a feast celebrating the Christian Jesus' Mother Mary.

 

colombian flower parade photos queensIn recent years it has been celebrated in August [in Colombia] and associated with the independence of the Colombian state in which Medellin is located. Somewhere along the way classic autos became a part of the parade in Colombia, and we also saw a number of classical autos in the parade in Jackson Heights.

Another feature of the parade is the depiction of the silleros. The silleros were the human pack bearers of the Spanish during colonial times. Oftentimes carrying loads of 50 to 100 lbs across treacherous jungle or mountain terrain. These peasant people are celebrated in the parade by people who bear large floral arrangements which show a crest [and today large corporate brands] in an emblematic arrangement.

 

It's worth noting that in late July the Colombian Independence Parade marches along the same route in Jackson Heights next week.


Jackson Heights Parades & Corona Parades 2014


Jackson Heights Halloween Parade Photos

Parade More Like A Community Costume Party

jackson heights halloween parade photosNovember 3, 2014 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Queens Parades / Queens Buzz. I attended the annual Jackson Heights Beautification Group's Kids Halloween Parade on Friday evening. I arrived shortly after it began and started photographing all of the parents and children in costume.

Unlike other parades, given this one was dedicated to the kids, there didn't seem to be the boundaries between parade marchers and the parade audience that one normally encounters. Those in the parade interacted with the audience, many of whom were family, friends and neighbors. And the parade more meandered than marched, with the kids in charge. It kind of felt like one big mega block party / Halloween costume ball.

We took many photos like the one you see to your right. It seems the Girl Scouts dress a bit differently than they did when I was that age. We'll post a photo slide show later today. And I have to give kudos to many of the parents, who seemed to embrace the holiday as much - or more than - their children.


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Bolivian Parade In Jackson Heights NYC

Parade Showcases Bolivian Culture In Queens

bolivian parade jackson heights nycOctober 20, 2014 / Jackson Heights Neighborhood / Ethnic Culture In Queens / Queens Buzz. Jackson Heights is the home away from home for many cultures around the world. On numerous occasions throughout the year the community is provided an opportunity to celebrate and enjoy the pageantry showcasing many different cultures from Latin America, Asia and a bit of modern day Americana.

On Sunday, the Bolivians showcased their culture by providing a panoply of dancers and musicians in costumes of eras gone by. It was a cool day and the performers used that to their advantage by performing a number of synchronized dance steps to the great amusement of the parade audience standing on the sidewalks along 37th Avenue.


Ecuador Independence Parade Photos

ecuador independence parade jackson heightsAugust 2014 / Jackson Heights / Queens Parades / Queens Buzz. I attended the Ecuador Independence Parade a couple of Sundays ago in Jackson Heights & Corona. Ecuador achieved its independence from Spain in 1822 during a time when many of its Latin American neighbors were also fighting for, and winning their independence. These wars for independence took place in the second and early part of the third decades of the 1800's, which was not long after the United States won its war for independence against Great Britain in the late 1700's.

Simon Bolivar was instrumential in leading these rebellions against those in power [Spanish royalty]. Bolivar enlisted English support in these wars for independence from Spain, just as Ben Franklin had enlisted French support in the American War for Independence. In both cases they got it, as France wanted to undermine the English in the late 1700's just as the English wanted to undermine the Spanish in the early 1800's.

In Ecuador the Spanish and the native South American Indians mixed racially, so that today about two thirds of the 12.5 - 14.5 million population is of mixed Spanish and Indian blood. The remainder of the population is a mix of Indian, AfroEcuadorian and Caucasian [primarily Spanish]. Spanish is the official language, but it's estimated that about 15% of the population can speak or understand Quichua, which is the native Indian language of the South American Incas. Ecuador uses American currency as its official currency.


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Jackson Heights Parades & Corona Parades 2012


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Jackson Heights Parades & Corona Parades 2011


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Jackson Heights Parades & Corona Parades 2010


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Jackson Heights En Espanol

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Hispanic Day Parade Jackson Heights - September 2012

Colombian Parade Jackson Heights Queens - July 2012

LGBT Parade Jackson Heights Queens - June 2012

Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender - LGBT Parade in Jackson Heights


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