The parade–rain or shine–starts with music, specifically the bass drum played by founder Dick Zigun, accompanied by whatever ensemble pulled together.

But there’s so much more music.  Batala New York is among my favorites;  hear them here but turn volume way up to replicate how they sound on the street.

 

Gypsy Funk Squad is another favorite.  Hear them here.

And so many more groups whose names I never knew.

 

 

These dancers sponsored by a Mexican restaurant were fabulous.

 

Lots of groups . . .

 

. . some just marching, because that’s what you do in a parade.

Even the emergency services seem to enjoy

 

the duty. . .

rain or shine.

All photos by Will Van Dorp.