The display will feature roughly 50 sculptures by 30 artists, including Noguchi, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient Janine Antoni, former Guggenheim Fellow Mel Bochner, and National Endowment for the Arts grantee Dove Bradshaw.
Councilman Jimmy Van Bramer, Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras and Speaker of the City Council Melissa Mark-Viverito gathered on Thursday at the Thalia Spanish Theatre in Sunnyside to announce the allocation of $3.2 million to expand funding to art groups in immigrant communities across the five boroughs.
On Oct. 3 at 5:30 p.m., the Voelker Orth Museum will celebrate a distinctly Flushing-style Oktoberfest with hospitality, live entertainment and an outdoor grill firing up dishes with ethnic versions of pickled cabbage.
Parade spectators of all ages waved Italian flags and danced to both traditional and modern versions of Italian songs played from passing floats. Pope Francis even made an appearance in the form of cardboard cut-outs and souvenirs from the recent papal visit.
The parade is the brainchild of the Rockaway Mermaid Brigade, the reigning Motorized Float champions at the Coney Island Mermaid Parade for the past two years. After representing the Rockaways for years at the iconic parade, the group was inspired to bring the fanfare and festivities to the shores of Queens.