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Pizza Eating Contest, Shakespeare Coming to Park Slope Summer Strolls

 The crowd takes in a Shakespeare production at a Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID Summer Stroll. This year's strolls include a pizza eating contest and dog fashion show.
The crowd takes in a Shakespeare production at a Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID Summer Stroll. This year's strolls include a pizza eating contest and dog fashion show.
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Justin Bereman

PARK SLOPE — Stuff your face with pizza or fill your mind with Shakespeare at this year's Summer Strolls street festivals.

The annual series, hosted by the Park Slope Fifth Avenue Business Improvement District, shuts down stretches of Fifth Avenue to cars and turns the street into a neighborhood party.

Each Summer Stroll runs from 5 to 9 p.m. and features food, drink, dancing, live music and activities such as giant street chess, climbing walls, and vintage car shows.

"We're excited to offer amazing free entertainment to our neighborhood, thanks to the creativity and commitment of our merchant partners,” said Park Slope Fifth Avenue BID executive director Mark Caserta in announcing the Summer Strolls. “We've got something for everyone — from Shakespeare to a Doggy Fashion Show, from a kids carnival to a pizza eating contest."

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This year's schedule is:

July 16, South Slope Summer Stroll No. 1, Fifth Avenue between 12th and 18th streets. This Summer Stroll includes a chance to take your canine companion for a spin on the catwalk at a well-attended (and free) doggy fashion show, 6 p.m. outside Freddy's Bar, 627 Fifth Ave. (at 17th Street).

► July 23, South Slope Summer Stroll No. 2, Fifth Avenue between 12th and 18th streets. See a free outdoor production of Shakespeare's "Twelfth Night" with a 1940s noir look performed by South Brooklyn Shakespeare.

► Aug. 13, North Slope Summer Stroll No. 1, Fifth Avenue between Dean and Sterling streets. LuLu's Cuts & Toys will celebrate its 15th year on Fifth Avenue with a free carnival for kids that kicks off at 5 p.m. in front of LuLu's at 48 Fifth Ave.

► Aug. 20, North Slope Summer Stroll No. 2, Fifth Avenue between Dean and Sterling streets. Test the limits of your stomach at a free pizza eating contest hosted by Sal Basille and Francis Garcia of The Cooking Channel's "Pizza Masters." The cousins are better known to New Yorkers as the owners of Artichoke Basille's Pizza, which opened a Park Slope branch in August 2015. Contestants will battle it out to see who can down the most of the pizzeria's signature cheesy, gooey artichoke-topped pizza.