Crowd pleaser! Hordes flock to Fifth Avenue for street fair

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When life gives you lemons: A vendor serves up freshly-squeezed lemonade to parched Park Slopers at the Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair on May 15.
Oh crepe: A chef whips up delicious sweet crepes for the fete crowds.
Karate kids: Students from Tessa Gordon’s Pure Energy Martial Arts school show off their lethal skills.
Music to their ears: Local band Full Disclosure provided a live soundtrack for strollers, jamming out with its renditions of rock hits.
Bounce around: Kids have a blast on an inflatable slide.

Three is a crowd — thousands is a party!

Hordes of Brooklynites packed into Park Slope’s Fifth Avenue on May 15 for the annual Fabulous Fifth Avenue Fair, but organizers say the throngs of people strolling the strip to enjoy food, rides, and performers is all part of the fun.

“The place was mobbed in a great way,” said fete spokeswoman Carol Klenfner.

Fun-lovers at the 15th annual event grooved to live music while munching on food from local eateries including Bogota Latin Bistro, vegan haven V Spot, and beloved burrito slinger Calexico, while.

And some performers combined both into one act — Ditmas Park group Bombay Ricky played in front of Grand Central Oyster Bar and tossed free bivalves into the audience during their show, Klenfner said.

Visitors also got to check out some vintage cars from the Antique Automobile Association of Brooklyn, while kids went wild on a bouncy house and a King Kong swing.

Updated 10:17 pm, July 9, 2018
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Reasonable discourse

Mike from Park Slope says:
They should just leave 5th Avenue like this all summer. Let the businesses especially restaurants and bars expand into the streets from May - September.
May 19, 2016, 9:10 am
Kirby from BoCoCa says:
Yeah Mike. Great idea. Thats a business model that will be sustainable. Maybe once a month it would work, but every day all summer? Nope....
May 19, 2016, 10:07 am
John Wasserman from Prospect Heights says:
I don't feel that children should be permitted into such events as these. Someone had to say it. In this particular case, it was your own John Wasserman.
John Wasserman
May 19, 2016, 12:44 pm

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