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TOUR: Storming West Indian Day

Submitted by taya on September 6, 2005 - 1:13am.
Storming Carnavale: Showing Her Colors
Carnavale reveler

The Parks1 team has been really excited for the West Indian Day Parade (otherwise known as Brooklyn Carnavale). It's the single biggest event in New York--over a mile of dancing, live music, flashy costumes, and amazing homemade food from all over the Caribbean and West Indies.

We worked the crowds for a while but the sheer size of the event was overwhelming. We decided to set up an impromptu Parks1 booth right behind the judge's stage.


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TOUR: Storming Queens

Submitted by taya on September 1, 2005 - 11:27pm.

It's been a long, long week in Queens. Well, very long train rides at least! In our efforts to truly storm the whole city., we've been going to the furthest stretches of every single borough. Last night was our last night in Queens and we went all the way out to Little Neck Park--but it was definitely worth it!

Storming Queens: Princess Sophia of Fort Totten
Maybe my favorite...

Here's little Sophia--this just might be my favorite Cute Kid Pic of the whole summer. She was hanging out with her mom at the the "Dancing Under The Stars" finale, a great program put together by Janice Melnick.

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TOUR: Storming Yankee Stadium

Submitted by taya on August 23, 2005 - 4:50pm.

Did you know that Yankee Stadium is Parks Property? 'Tis true! So we were happy to head over to the Yankees game last night for Day 2 of the Bronx leg of our 5-Boro Park Storming Tour.

Storming the Yankees
Yankees Welcome Parks1!

Yankee Stadium was ready for us--pretty exciting to see our name in bright lights on the board in center field!

We had an awesome crew last night of regular Parks1 Field Staff as well as a handful of volunteers-- everybody combined to do a great job of getting the word out.

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TOUR: The EBC Women's Championship @ Rucker Park

Submitted by taya on August 17, 2005 - 4:02pm.

We're still in the first week of the 5-Boro Park Storming tour. The office is buzzing and the events have been great so far. Check the pics below from the EBC Women's Championship and the 9th District City Council Candidate Forum yesterday.

Rucker Women's 1
Basketball cuties!

Can't say which event was more exciting--the ladies brought top form to the action-packed game and the forum was standing-room only!

We have over 20 more events coming up in our Tour and we'd love it if you and your friends & family would join us in your area. Head over to our Events Page to sign up!

District 9 Candidate Forum
A young parks advocate speaks up.
Rucker Women's 6
The jump-off!








Rucker Women's 7
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TOUR: The Dominican Day Parade

Submitted by taya on August 16, 2005 - 3:17pm.

What a great kickoff weekend for the 5-Boro Park Storming tour! Check the pics below to see how much fun we had at the Dominican Day Parade on Sunday. We have over 30 more events coming up in our Tour and we'd love it if you and your friends & family would join us in your area. Head over to our Events Page to sign up!

Here We Come
Here We Come!
There are more great pictures from the parade below the fold...

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FIELD TRIP: Earth Celebrations' Rites of Spring Procession

Submitted by taya on May 23, 2005 - 11:04pm.

Another busy weekend for the Parks1 staff. We canvassed the Children of the World Festival, the 10th precinct Community Council Fair, and the Greenwich Village Youth Council Fair. But today we'd like to highlight the clear staff favorite: the annual Rites of Spring Procession put together by a terrific group called Earth Celebrations.

Earth Celebrations' Rites of Spring Procession

This day-long procession and performance art event winds through the neighborhoods of the Lower East Side, stopping at over 50 community gardens.

FIELD TRIP: 5th Avenue Festival in Park Slope

Submitted by taya on May 16, 2005 - 3:34pm.

We were busy bees this weekend--check out NY4P staffer Maura hard at work at the 5th Ave Festival in Park Slope. Special kudos to McKinley (my digicam batteries died before I could snap a pic of him in action) who got a record number of people to sign the plea

Maura @ The 5th Ave Festival
Park Slope

FIELD TRIP: 9th Ave Int'l Food Fest

Submitted by taya on May 16, 2005 - 1:55pm.

Hello Park Lovers! Taya Mueller here, brand new Field Director for our 2005 Parks1 campaign. This is the very first edition of a new blog series called FIELD TRIP: photos and stories about canvassing the good people of NY to sign the Plea For Parks this summer.

The weather held out for us this weekend so I'm excited to kick off FIELD TRIP with pics of the Parks1 crew at the 9th Ave International Food Festival sponsored by the Hell's Kitchen Alliance.

Desmond & Maureen @ 9th Ave Int'l Food Fest
Here are our superstar staffers, Desmond and Maureen, standing at the top of 9th Ave.

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