Saturday, September 06, 2008

SECOND ANNUAL LOWER EAST SIDE CHILDREN'S ART BIKE PARADE

WHAT: 2nd Annual Lower East Side Kids' Art Bike Parade
WHEN: Saturday, October 4th, 2008,
11:00 am to 2:00 pm
WHERE: Tompkins Square Park

CONTACT: Kate Spaulding - Managing Director, East Village Community Coalition (EVCC)
Phone: 212.979.2344 Email: lesbikeparade@gmail.com

The 2nd Annual LES Kids' Art Bike Parade celebrates LES artists, sustainable transportation, local businesses, youth, and community building. Kids will join Parade Marshall Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, and Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer in riding their decorated bicycles. Kids can bring their own bikes to decorate or receive a donated bike. The thirty minute parade route leads participants through our historic neighborhood, beginning and ending in the north west corner of Tompkins Square Park. Following the parade there will be various forms of entertainment such as live music, games, and a raffle of art bikes and other prizes.

Prior to the event, ten public art bike workshops will be held with local artists who will teach children to transform bicycles and scooters into “art bikes.”

WHEN: Weekdays 3pm – 6pm :
September 8th, 10th, 16th, 18th, 22nd, 24th
October 1st and 2nd
Saturdays 1pm – 5pm :
September 13th and 27th

WHERE: 227 E. 3rd Street, between Avenue B and C, Ground Floor
CONTACT: EVCC at 212-979-2344 or lesbikeparade@gmail.com to sign up
Children under eight should be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Each child should bring their bicycle or scooter to the workshop. The East Village Community Coalition will provide all art supplies and creative guidance. Parental permission is required for all permanent changes to the bicycle or scooter.

Honorary sponsors include Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez, City Councilmember Rosie Mendez, Manhattan Borough President Scott Stringer, New York State Senator Martin Connor and New York State Assemblymember Brian Kavanagh. Co-sponsors are Transportation Alternatives, Recycle-A-Bicycle, Bike New York, New York City Housing Authority, Lower East Side People's Mutual Housing Association, New York City Department of Transportation, and the Children's Museum of the Arts.

Contact EVCC to donate, volunteer, and get involved with the workshops, parade, and the community!
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