Mom and Dad last spring at Aunt Gina's wedding
My parents are visiting me this weekend for the first time since I've moved to NYC. Have I ever told you about them?
They met right here in Brooklyn when they were both students at Brooklyn College. Mom lived in Queens and dad lived on Flatbush Avenue near the college. My dad asked my mom what she thought about marrying him after their third date. My mom thought he was crazy and told him to never speak to her again. After a couple months she couldn't stop thinking about him so she called him up. And that's how it started! Our family started right here in Brooklyn over thirty years ago. It's nice to think about.
Anyhow, we have plans to meet my Aunt Gina for an early lunch in the city. After that I'm not entirely certain as to what we'll be doing. I think a trip to the Brooklyn Botanic Garden will be in order.
The cherry blossoms are blooming and Saturday is supposed to bring a gorgeous spring day.
I had hoped to bring my parents to the New York Dance Parade but I don't know if they're really going to be down for crazy crowds on their first visit out to see me. But it looks amazing and sounds like so much fun, doesn't it? I think I can convince my parents to go. They love to dance almost as much as I do. :)
From the New York Dance Parade website:
"On Saturday May 21, 2011 over 10,000 dancers will converge on the streets of New York City showcasing 74 forms of dance in a free outdoor dance parade and festival!
The parade route starts on 21st street. In honor of the earthquake victims, the parade will kick off with a Japanese Group. We will then progress in the history of dance order and boogie our way down Broadway-- Hula, swing and samba our way past Union Square and into University Place. At Eighth Street we will Salsa, Tango and Waltz East into Saint Marks Place and our Grandstand in between 3rd and 4th Aves. Our House, Techno and Disco floats will have afternoon shoppers wigglin as they watch us get down in the heart of the East Village. A straight shot from there brings us to DanceFest in Tompkins Square Park. At DanceFest we will come together and watch free dance performances on stage and at specific sites throughout the park--Free dance lessons are offered or you can enjoy a Dance Party.
Our mission is to promote dance as an expressive and unifying art form by showcasing all forms of dance, educating the general public about the opportunity to experience dance and celebrate the diversity of dance."
Much later in the evening on Saturday, Lisa and I will be heading down to the Music Hall of Williamsburg to see Tune-Yards!!! The show has been sold out for a while so I expect the place to be packed. I've been waiting for months for this show!
Enjoy your weekend!