This is my mail line of work. I have been working for all kinds of festivals
all over the USA and Canada: carnivals, state fairs, food festivals,
music festivals, etc. I'm available solo or with the team of my
students/partners. Here are some of the festivals I have done:

WEST-INDIAN CARNIVAL, NY

takes place on Eastern Parkway in BROOKLYN every year on Labor Day. This is the celebration of the culture of Caribbean Islands - great costumes, music, food, zillions of crafts vendors. We work there every year since 1953. In 1998 we were washed out by the storm, so the pictures are from 1996

AUTUMN LEAF FESTIVAL, CLARION, PA.

This was our first year there thanks to Jim Crooks from Crooks' Clothing, who found us in NYC and invited to take part in the festival in his home town.This is a genuine "All-American" festival with parades, beauty contest, crafts fair, rides etc. It's well organized, the town is very pretty, and the October trees are picture-perfect.

BRAZILIAN FESTIVAL, NYC

is organized by Brazilian Press every year on the Labor day weekend on 46th street.This is basically a street fair with a "national touch"- Brazilian music, food, crafts, but the majority of vendors are NYC street fairs regulars. Still, it's a national celebration, very colorful, fun, with a lot of Brazilian tourists coming to New York, and going next day to Boston for a fair there.We tried to adjust our designs to Brazilian national colors. This is my second Brazil Day and I plan to work there every year.

BUSKERS' FAIR, World Trade Center, is, unfortunately, a memory from the past. It was a wonderful event, dedicated to street performers, but there's no money for something like that in Giulianni's New York anymore. On the other hand, some buskers said that it was Hippocratic in the first place: to persecute street performers all year round, and then pay them once a year to work for a free "buskers" event. Here are some pictures from Buskers Ball 1997.

MUMMERS PARADE, PHILADELPHIA, PA, NEW YEAR'S DAY 1999

Mummers Parade is kind of Philly's Mardi Gras. It's a 12 -hour Parade, with Comics, Fancies, string Bands, Fancy Brigades marching down Broad street in terrific costumes. There are no floats, everybody walks on foot, and each group performs dance shows or music every 3 blocks.This year it was really cold - the toughest face-painting day of my life! But I had a lot of fun and will try to make it next year.

Face-painting here is really simple - it was 20 degrees and windchill, but everybody wanted to look like a "real mummer", so I had to work really fast - to keep myself warm and customers satisfied. These are actually Mardi Gras designs, adjusted for the cold weather...



And the cheese-steaks were really good too...



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