Celebrating 30 years of family fun!

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Citizens for a Better Community celebrated the 30th anniversary of is annual Family Day over the weekend at Paerdegat Park on Farragut Road in East Flatbush.

The event featured Caribbean food, rides, inflatable slides, and a clown who painted the kids’ faces with colorful animals and superheroes. The children’s performer said the best part about the day was watching the kids’ confidence come alive with every paint stroke.

“What makes me happiest is making them become what they want to be — making their fantasy come alive,” said Roger Drysdale, who performs under the name Ding-A-Ling. “When you do face painting, you realize they have something in their heads that they really wanted to be,” said Drysdale. “Looking at them become what you painted them, they become alive — they become real.”

One parent said her daughter Maya, who morphed into a pink butterfly, was thrilled with the design.

“She loved it — she liked pink so that made her happy,” said Gabrielle Shea.

Shea said her family, who always attends the annual event, also looks forward to the food, chowing down on classic Caribbean food like stewed chicken and rice and peas.

“We go every year so they have a good time,” said Shea.

Reach reporter Vanessa Ogle at or by calling (718) 260-4507. Follow her
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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