2018 Loisaida Festival Community Parade

Community Carnival Parade & Pageant: 11:00 a.m. Kick-off/Staging site: Avenue C and 12th Street at Dry Dock Park.


11:00 a.m. Kick-off/Staging site: 12th Street between Avenue C and Avenue D on Dry Dock Park

Best viewing spot is on East 11th Street and Avenue C

Parade Route:

Starts at 11:00 am on 12th Street (Dry Dock Park) 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.

by: Ryan John Lee


From May 14th through May 25, we are delighted to host again a team of professional artists, puppeteers and street performers, from around the country, once again descend upon the Loisaida neighborhood to work with the local residents, to create beautiful artwork to showcase at the annual Loisaida Festival Carnival Parade.

The artists will use recyclable materials or what is “at hand,” and whatever can be salvaged from NYC curbsides. Adam and Daniel are the lead artists are dedicated to the mission of transforming the detritus of our lives and society into beautiful works. The materials these artists use will include cardboard boxes, scraps of wood and fabric, used latex paint, foam, 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 2018 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. Sign up and be part of the parade!


Loisaida Inc. has again secured two masters in the arts of street theater to develop and implement a 2 week intensive collaborative atelier of signage techniques to kick-off the Loisaida Street Festival. Daniel Polnau and Adam Ende (link to bios below) are 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.

At the same time the 2018 Loisaida Festival Carnival Parade; features our Artist-in-residence group Earth Celebrations directed and founded by Felicia Young, with spectacular costumes and puppets created during Open Community Workshops held at Loisaida Inc. Center with artists Michele Brody and Lucrecia Novoa for the ECOLOGICAL CITY- Procession for Climate Solutions. Ecological City is a cultural and climate action project with 3 months of creative engagement workshops that culminated in an ecological urban pilgrimage and performance art event created in collaboration with hundreds of residents and over 50 partner organizations. Ecological City featured a spectacular 6-hour procession of visual art, giant puppets and costumes with 20-site performances of dance, music, theater and poetry celebrating sustainability solutions throughout the community gardens, neighborhood and East River Park waterfront on the Lower East Side of New York City.

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.

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 2018 Loisaida Festival Parade, join here!

For any questions please contact: Adam Ende (347) 455-5558