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Midwood Mardi Gras draws big crowd

Brooklyn Daily

The Midwood Development Corporation’s 36th Mardi Gras street festival on Sunday had one of the best showings since the event’s inaugural bash in 1977.

“It was the best it’s ever been,” said Sam Moskowitz, Director of Operations at Midwood Development Corps. “It depends on the weather and when it’s a good day, like it was yesterday, the crowds come out.”

The annual Avenue M street fair — which bears no relation to Louisiana’s Fat Tuesday revelries — has always aimed to make the whole family happy. The festival featured rides, face painters, and carnival games, which came with the obligatory goldfish prizes. The kids kept busy with the rides and bouncy houses, while the adults were more interested in the dozens of street-side vendors lining Avenue M.

There was something for everyone, according to local Clarivel Gonzalas, who went to the fair with her little sister, Gabriela, 5.

“They were selling everything,” she said. “They had jewelry, perfumes, clothing, toys, bags. I got some rings, and my sister got some toys.”

Reach reporter Colin Mixson at or by calling (718) 260-4514.

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