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Annual Dance Parade Twirls Through the East Village

By Paul Lomax | May 20, 2012 11:35am
A young dancer enjoys this years Dance Parade on May 19th, 2012.
A young dancer enjoys this years Dance Parade on May 19th, 2012.
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Performers from all over the world strutted their stuff and showed off their fancy footwork on Saturday as the annual Dance Parade and Festival hit the streets of lower Manhattan.

More than 9,000 dancers boogied, swung, waltzed and samba-ed their way down Broadway to the sounds of techno, disco and hip-hop.

The parade kicked off at East 21st Street at 1 p.m. and moved down Broadway, and then proceeded east on St. Mark's Place to a later afternoon dance party in Tompkins Square Park.

A wide variety of world dance forms were on display at the free outdoor parade and festival, which seeks to promote dance as an expressive art form and celebrates the diversity of all kinds of dance.

Dailia Robison, 9, from Brooklyn, enjoyed this year's event with her mom Natasha, 34, and dad Odell, 45. 

"It's really exciting. It's the first time I've been here," she said. "I especially like the roller skaters."

Another youngster from Brooklyn John Ames, 15, said he loved the popular parade. "I think it's great. It's fun to see everyone enjoying themselves."

Mark Young, 25, said he's been coming to the yearly festival since he was just 16.

"I love all the parades in New York City, but I have to say, this is one of my favorites."