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Jousters and Jugglers Revel in 28th Annual Medieval Festival

By DNAinfo Staff on October 2, 2012 2:51pm

By Sherry Mazzocchi

Special to DNAinfo.com New York

WASHINGTON HEIGHTS — Knights and ladies, and jousters and jugglers gathered at Fort Tryon Park this weekend for the 28th Annual Medieval Festival.

This year’s festival featured Robin Hood and his band of merry men, acrobatics by Cirque-Tacular, and Storytellers Shakespeare in an abbreviated performance of Macbeth.

Athletic events were also popular. The New York University Nundus Quidditch team trounced the New York Badassilisks, 90 – 40. The jousting tournaments did not disappoint, either. Hundreds roared as Sir Angus of Scotland knocked his younger brother, Sir Tristan, off of his horse during a joust.

About 75 vendors were also on hand, including medieval costumers, jewelers, a blacksmith and even a dentist.

Michelle Burton, of Inwood-based dental practice Evydent, explained that in the Middle Ages, people thought rotting teeth were filled with demons or worms.

“Now, we are able to sterilize our instruments, which people can appreciate,” she said.

Dennis Reeder, the executive director of the festival, said he extimated at least 64,000 people attended.

“This is the largest event in New York City parks,” he said. “This festival is different from other park events because the performers and vendors actually talk to the people. It’s not slick; it’s very people friendly. And children really like it.”