THE POINT CDC in collaboration with The Laundrymat Project, New Yorkers for Parks, Sustainable South Bronx, the Bronx River Alliance and other local organizations and individuals will be hosting The 11th Annual Hunts Point Fish Parade & Summer Festival honoring the progress of Hunts Point and “Celebrating Youth Power”. In a community largely populated by young people under the age of 18, celebrating the resiliency and energy of local youth is an important part of offering them a positive and safe summer. This years celebration provides an opportunity for the community to showcase youth talent, restore safe space passages and offer families resources to take advantage of.
As with every year, the Fish Parade and Summer Festival attempts to provide a positive summer kick off for families of the South Bronx, by bringing them together for full day of activities for all ages. The day starts off with the Fish Parade that marches from Hunts Point Riverside Park through the streets of Hunts Point to Barretto Point Park where the Summer Festival takes place.
In the spirit of looking into our past to celebrate our future, our Grand Marshall’s this year will be the students and teachers of PS 48 and the Hunts Point Slave Burial Ground Project, who have spent several years researching and gathering support in uncovering the history of the “Slave Burying Ground” that served as a cementary for the slaves of the Hunts, Leggett and Willet families since the colonial era. This years festival places this campaign at the forefront of our celebration, and aims to garner support for the efforts of PS 48 students and faculty.
Groups best exemplifying the theme of "Celebrating Youth Power" via banner design and/or costumes are eligible to compete for three cash prizes. This year’s Summer Festival will also feature activities including local organizations tabling their resources and offering free giveaways and activities in the park. Artists and food vendors will be offering tasty and low-priced services all afternoon outside on the Viele Street sidewalk. There will also be main stage acts of mostly youth talent playing music, performing poetry, shakespeare, dancing and more. Raffles of all types of valuable items will also take place as it does every year.
The 11th Annual Fish Parade and Summer Festival
June 21, 2013 ~ 10-5PM
Fish Parade Kicks off at Hunts Point Riverside Park (Lafayette Ave & Edgewater St) at 10AM and arrives at Barretto Point Park (Viele Ave and Tiffany St) at 12PM
Summer Festival and Main Stage Showcase all take place at Barretto Point Park (Viele Ave and Tiffany St) from 12-5PM
FREE for all ages
Bx46 bus to Barretto Point Park
2 or 5 train to Longwood Ave to Bx46 bus
6 Train to Longwood Ave to Bx46 bus
Marchers, Community Organizations and Vendors click here to register online. Marchers, Community Organizations and Vendors click here to print the form as a PDF.
Grupos Communitarios y Vendedores de Servicios registrarse en español aqui. Grupos Communitarios y Vendedores de Servicios imprimir el formulario del PDF aqui
History of the Hunts Point Fish Parade and Summer Festival
The first Hunts Point Fish Parade was held in 2003 to raise public awareness to the community that was to become home to the Fulton Street Fish Market, following in the trail of wholesale meat and fruit vendors. Prior to the first parade, THE POINT spearheaded an outreach to and protest for the residential neighborhood, highlighting environmental concerns about a huge commercial enterprise coming to the area (more pollution from truck traffic, for example).
When the move became inevitable, the parade became a vehicle to celebrate Hunts Point and to get to know our new neighbor. Loosely modeled after the Mermaid Parade in Coney Island, the parade welcomes the participation of community groups, organizations and individuals. Key to the Fish Parade is an emphasis on incorporating some of the quality-of-life issues in Hunts Point into the pageantry of Parade. Winding for a mile through the streets of Hunts Point, and culminating at Barretto Point Park, the procession features new and vibrant work by emerging artists, community groups and schools throughout the Bronx and beyond.
SEBCO Development has been sponsoring the Hunts Point Summer Festival since 1993. For years the festival took place on Hunts Point Avenue, and was the only day of the year that the street was closed to vehicular traffic, the Bx6 bus was re-routed, and community residents claimed the space. But then in 2006 two new waterfront parks finally opened in Hunts Point representing the first waterfront access our neighborhood has had in decades, and the very first developments along the South Bronx Greenway. To highlight these accomplishments, the parade now marches from one park to the other, and the festival takes place inside of Barretto Point Park.
This year's Fish Parade will take place on Saturday June 21, 2014. We are currently looking for groups and individuals to participate by marching, vending, tabling, and performing on the official Summer 2013 kickoff for the Hunts Point community. Join us for a day of celebrating our waterfront heritage, honoring graduates, selling food, an annual talent show and raffle prize fun for all ages. More details below.