2017 Loisaida Festival Community Parade

Community Carnival Parade & Pageant: 11:00 a.m. Kick-off/Staging site: Avenue C and 10th Street.


11:00 a.m. Kick-off/Staging site: Avenue C and 10th Street.

Best viewing spot is on East 6th Street and Avenue C

Parade Route:

East on 10th Street to Avenue D, south on D to 6th Street, west on 6th to Avenue C, right on C, north to 12th Street and ending at Festival’s Main Stage by 12:00 pm.

On May 1st, a team of professional artists, puppeteers and street performers, from around the country, descended upon the Loisaida neighborhood to work with the local residents, to create beautiful giant puppets, masks and fabulous costumes. It was all be made out of garbage! The artists will still use recycled materials or whatever happens to be “at hand,” and whatever can be salvaged from NYC curbs on garbage days. Our three lead artists are all dedicated to the mission of transforming the detritus of our lives and society into beautiful works. Materials will include cardboard boxes, scraps of wood and fabric, used latex paint, foam from trashed sofas, broken bicycle inner tubes, old cd’s, paper mâché, and whatever other surprise garbage we can find to inspire creativity.

By using locally sourced, free, cheap and available materials, by working with the local residents, and by focusing our theme on celebrating the unique local cultural legacy, and honoring the neighborhood’s own heroes; the artists, activists and gardeners who shaped it with the goal to inspire and empower the local community and young people, as they discover that they are powerful artists in their own right.

Their creations will debut in the 2017 Loisaida Festival Parade and it will not function without the participation of the community. We rely on the community, not only to be there as an eager audience watching the parade from the sidewalk as it passes, but also as collaborators.

You still have time to sign up and be part of the parade! The construction and the performance go hand in hand–part of the way of getting excited about being in the parade and pageant is through participation in the workshops leading up to them.


Loisaida Inc. has commissioned three masters in the arts of street theater to develop and implement a FREE month-long intensive collaborative atelier of parade-making & pageant techniques to kick-off the Loisaida Street Festival on its 30th anniversary. Daniel Polnau, Pablo Varona and Adam Ende (link to bios below) are three veteran puppeteers and distinct street artists with extensive US and international experience coming together in Loisaida to engage our surrounding community in an exploration of what is possible with humble and accessible materials. They will offer their skills and mentorship in diverse formats of inter-active public art aesthetics, messaging and celebration.

Artists Profile:

Daniel Polnau – Artist, puppeteer, director of Tiny Town artists collective and  Strombolli’s Medicine Show. Daniel Polnau has created puppet parades, circuses, and outdoor theatre spectacles for over 30 years. He specializes in creating larger than life puppets out of recycled junk and up-cycled materials making the mundane become extraordinary. At the heart of each highly collaborative project he strives to demystify the creative process, and quicken the innate creative abilities in all, regardless of age, abilities, or arts experience. His projects and residencies have spanned the globe from Moscow, Bali, Alaska and Puerto Rico.

Pablo Varona – Artist, puppeteer and resident of Casa Múcaro in Las Marías, Puerto Rico. Spends most his time living close to the forested mountaintops of Puerto Rico as the artist liaison of Casa Múcaro, Las Marías. He is amazed by the immeasurable value that the reuse, recycling and/or “forgotten” objects do when it comes to the transformation of urban contexts. His interests revolve around making these issues relevant and accessible to the general audience. Lead artist at Honey for the Heart Parade, Athens, OH, 2015 and Art Director of Loisaida Festival Parade 2016.

Adam Ende – Puppeteer, founder and director of Jawbone Puppet Theater; artistic and managing director of the Islewilde performance festival. He has more than 20 years of extensive experience directing puppet shows, parades and festivals around the US and Taiwan, as well as writing shows, building puppets, performing, and leading workshops in puppet making and performance. His particular specialty is making portraits in puppet.

Volunteer to give life to the 30th Loisaida Festival Parade, join here!

For any questions please contact: Zuleyka Alejandro (787) 636-4413 or Pablo Varona (787) 412-1220