This was a jubilant Jubilee!
Hundreds of Brighton Beachers packed the street for the 41st-annual Brighton Beach Jubilee along the neighborhood’s eponymous avenue on Aug. 27. Families danced to live music, stuffed their faces with savory foods and pastries, and shopped for goodies in the pop-up markets. But the best part of the day was seeing everyone come together from all different backgrounds, and how it symbolizes Little Odessa’s diversity, said its organizer.
“I thought we had a record crowd. In today’s world, the headlines are filled with hate, here was an event with so much cultural diversity — the population, the entertainment, the food, and people having a good time,” said Pat Singer. “It’s the melting pot of Brooklyn, I really am proud of that, we bring people together.”
Local Bay Ridge bands and Russian radio group, RusUSA Radio, got the crowd on their feet and dancing, while the youngsters got to test their strength on a rock-climbing wall, said Singer.
And everyone made it over to the vendors’ tables to pick up some sweet smelling spices and fresh teas from the Queens-based Spice Professors, which were a big hit, said employee Michael Iskhakov.
“We sell different flavored loose tea, people were really interested in that,” he said.