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On May 17, the 10th annual Red Hook Waterfront Arts Festival, presented by Martha Bowers Dance Theatre Etcetera, will offer a full day of performing arts on the renovated Beard Street Pier, at the end of Van Brunt Street.

The public is invited to wear costumes and march alongside giant puppets crafted by Flying Bridge Community Arts, in the fourth annual Red Hook Earth and Surf Parade, which kicks off at noon from Coffey Park (Dwight and Wolcott streets) and travels a mile to the Beard Street Pier. (Wannabe marchers are invited to gather at the park at 11 am.)

From 1 to 5 pm, there will be an assortment of live music and dance performances at the pier. Bed-Stuy’s own hip-hop band Second2Last, featuring (clockwise from top) Brian Polite, Johny Lashley, Aisha Bell and Francis Bade, will perform at 3:30 pm.

The arts festival also promises free African and salsa dance classes, boat rides, community resource booths and food made by neighborhood vendors.

In addition, the Brooklyn Working Artists Coalition’s Pier Show 11, featuring the works of 250 artists in all types of media, will be open from noon to 6 pm. The exhibit is displayed inside the nearby historic warehouse at 499 Van Brunt St. at Beard Street.

For more information about the pier show, log on to or call (718) 596-2507. For more information about the festival, visit or call (718) 287-2224.

The festival will be held rain or shine.

Updated 4:00 pm, November 10, 2010
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