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New York Buddhist Church 60th Annual Obon (Japanese) Folk Dance Festival

WHEREAS, Community Board Five takes its role in the review of applications for Parks Special Events seriously and requests an opportunity to review the application before a permit is granted by the Parks Department Special Permit Office; and

WHEREAS, The New York Buddhist Church has submitted an application to hold their 60th Annual Obon (Japanese) Folk Dance Festival at the west side of Bryant Park near the fountain, on Sunday July 12th 2009 between the hours of 12:30 PM and 5:00 PM, requiring set-up to begin at 9:30 AM, and clean-up to be completed by 6:00 PM; and

WHEREAS, This will be the thirteenth year that this event has been conducted in Bryant Park; and

WHEREAS, The festival will include opening remarks, the Star Spangled Banner, a demonstration of drum music, messages from the NYC Mayor’s Office and the Japanese Consul, a presentation of folk dances with audience participation, a dance demonstration, a children’s corner with crafts, and information tables; and

WHEREAS, The event is free of charge, there will be no sale of merchandise, programs and printed materials will not be distributed, but will be available at information tables, and there is no signage, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That Community Board Five recommends approval of New York Buddhist Church’s application to conduct a special event in Bryant Park on Sunday July 12, 2009.

The above resolution passed by a vote of 31 in favor; 0 opposed; 1 abstaining.

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