June 10, 2016 By Michael Florio
A parade of decorated bikes and floats will ride along Vernon Boulevard tomorrow afternoon for the annual LIC Bike Parade.
The festivities begin at 11 a.m. at Socrates Sculpture Park (32-01 Vernon Blvd.) where Socrates artists will hold workshops to help decorate participants’ bicycles. This is the eighth year that the event will roll through the neighborhood, according to a Socrates Sculpture Park spokeswoman.
Before the parade rolls out, Recycle-A-Bicycle will offer free mobile bike repair. Nearby in Rainey Park (Vernon Boulevard and 34th Avenue), Bike New York will offer their “Learn to Ride” class for kids who are ready to graduate from training wheels.
Free Style Arts Association will also lead a collaborative, large-scale sculpture project workshop to create a human-powered float.
The parade will start at 2 p.m. Participants will leave Socrates Sculpture Park through the main gate and ride along Vernon Boulevard to Queensbridge Park (Vernon Boulevard and 41st Avenue). There will be a waterfront celebration of the 100th birthday of Jane Jacobs, a writer and renowned advocate for access, use and enjoyment of public spaces.
The world roots band Brown Rice Family will lead the parade, according to the Socrates spokesperson. The band will be playing at the main gate of Socrates Sculpture Park, before walking along the route and leading the cyclists.
The bike parade is free, no RSVP required.