12th Annual ‘Dance Parade’ Tomorrow Celebrates Repeal of Cabaret Law

Posted on: May 18th, 2018 at 5:06 am by

The 12th annual Dance Parade happens tomorrow, and will move down Broadway through the Lower East Side. Theme this year is “The Cabaret of Life,” which celebrates the repeal of the city’s cabaret law last fall. Roughly 10,000 dancers are expected in the procession to honor the end of the 91-year-old prohibition.

This year’s theme, “THE CABARET OF LIFE,” is a celebration of the repeal of New York City’s Cabaret Law that supressed dance and culture for 91 years since prohibition times.  Come May 19th, the theme helps us to recognize the importance of the arts in everyday life, both as participant and the audience.  The parade will feature over 80 unique styles and cultures.  Buying a Grandstand Seat is a great way to be apart of our effot to support dance in New York City.  100% of  grandstand proceeds go to support Dance Parade, DanceFest and bringing teaching artists into schools, senior and community centers through our Community Engagement Program.

The cabaret law was initially enacted in 1926 during the height of Prohibition, and repealed on Halloween 2017 based on legislation introduced by Councilman Rafael Espinal. For nightlife establishments, mainly clubs, this posed a particular challenge as costly Cabaret Licenses were required if dancing was part of the plan.

The parade begins at 1 pm and heads south down Broadway to Tompkins Square Park. Above is a map of the full route.

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