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That Michael Jackson, he can still draw a crowd.

Hundreds flocked to Prospect Park’s Nethermead on Aug. 29 to honor the King of Pop on what would have been his 52nd birthday during the second “Brooklyn Loves Michael Jackson” celebration.

Grooving to an all-Jacko-all-the-time soundtrack by DJ Spinna, fans of the one-gloved wonder spent five hours remembering the singing sensation’s many incarnations, from the Jackson 5 and “Billie Jean” days to his “Thriller” and “Bad” personas.

Many sported shirts or held up pictures depicting his varying yet singular looks that accompanied each of his albums, right up to 2001’s “Invincible,” his last studio release before his death in June, 2009, on the eve of a comeback tour.

Some even went further: Celebrity impersonator Pete Carter invoked the spirt of Jackson as he wowed the crowd with dance steps that only the Jackson, once dubbed “the most successful entertainer of all time” by Guinness World Records, could create.

The tribute was organized by filmmaker and former Fort Greene resident Spike Lee, who worked with Jackson on his video “They Don’t Care About Us.”

Last year, upwards of 10,000 fans braced the rain and showed up at the Nethermead to remember Jackson’s legacy and contribution to popular culture, but that better-attended event was just weeks after the singer’s mysterious death.

Updated 5:20 pm, July 9, 2018
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