Festival freak-out: Marine Park transforms to child’s paradise

Festival freak-out: Marine Park transforms to child’s paradise
Photo by Steve Solomonson

It was a great weekend to be a kid!

Tykes of all ages flocked to Marine Park on Aug. 6 and 7 as the greenery was transformed into a child’s paradise replete with rides, carnival games and plenty of sugary goodies.

Children attending the Mid-Summer Festival, celebrating its third year, were certainly wowed by the jumbo inflatable “superhero” slides (both Batman and Superman were represented) as well all the rides that left them delightfully dizzy.

But the festival, held near the corner of Avenue U and E. 33rd Street, wasn’t just for youngsters: many seasoned residents got a charge from Pepe Cordona, the lead singer of the band Alive N’ Kickin’. Cordona kept everyone moving — no matter how old they were — during a “groove-tastic” set on Sunday afternoon.

The festival was also opened to local politicos: GOP congressional hopeful Bob Turner, who hopes to take over the seat left behind by Rep. Anthony Weiner’s (D-Marine Park) resignation, got a tour of the weekend fantasy land from state Sen. Marty Golden (R-Marine Park), who sponsored the fun-filled event.

Proceeds from the festival went to the Marine Park Civic Association.