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Brighton Jubilee gets last laugh

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Better late than never.

Organizers of the Brighton Jubilee Festival — which was canceled by Hurricane Irene in August — got the last laugh on Sept. 18, staging the 35th annual street fair on a sun-soaked day that drew tens of thousands of visitors to Brighton Beach.

“It was sensational,” gushed Pat Singer, the president of the Brighton Neighborhood Association, which puts on the event.

The fair featured vendors, food and games on Brighton Beach Avenue between Corbin Place and Coney Island Avenue, as well as three stages where performers played rock ‘n roll, Russian and country music.

The jubilee almost didn’t happen, however.

The festival normally takes place on the last Sunday in August.

This year it was scheduled for Aug. 28 — the same day Hurricane Irene slammed into Brooklyn.

Singer was forced to cancel the fair three days before, just as Mayor Bloomberg ordered a mandatory evacuation of residents in low-lying areas — like Brighton Beach — and shut down the city’s transit system.

After the storm, the city agreed to arrange a new date for the festival, Singer said.

Residents said the wait was worth it.

“The weather was wonderful,” said Judd Fischler. “It was a pretty good turnout.”

Singer said the festival will go back to its regular time next year.

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