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Organizers Cancel Photoplus Expo 2021

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The Press Release:
Since 1983, PHOTOPLUS has brought the photography and video communities together each fall to connect, share ideas, and experience the newest imaging technology. Our goal is always to support, inspire and celebrate this remarkable community. That said, it is with great difficulty that we announce that we have decided to cancel our in-person event at the Javits Convention Center in New York, NY, scheduled for September 30-October 2, 2021.

The cancellation of the live event is due to developments regarding the ongoing progression of the COVID-19 pandemic and related company-imposed travel restrictions affecting customers’ ability to gather in New York for PHOTOPLUS. While the decision to cancel is a disappointing one, we recognize the extreme demands that the COVID-19 pandemic has placed on establishments, and particularly small businesses, in this industry..
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The Toy Association Postpones Toy Fair Dallas Until 2022

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The Press Release:
In response to challenges posed by the Delta variant of the COVID-19 pandemic, The Toy Association has announced the official postponement of Toy Fair Dallas, which was planned to take place October 5 to 7. It is anticipated new dates in 2022 will be secured at the Dallas Market Center.

“While our exhibitors and hundreds of retail buyers were looking forward to coming back together in person this fall, the health and safety of the greater toy community remains The Toy Association’s number one priority,” said Steve Pasierb, president & CEO of The Toy Association. “In the interim, we remain committed to the ‘possible’ and continue to focus our efforts on providing retail buyers and toymakers with effective ways to connect and do business.”
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American Museum of Natural History Outlines Vaccination Requirements at the Museum

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The Press Release:
We hope you and your loved ones continue to be safe and healthy as we navigate the pandemic.

In accordance with the recent New York City vaccination requirement, visitors must now be vaccinated against COVID-19 to enter the Museum. Beginning today, Wednesday, August 25, visitors ages 12 and above must show proof of vaccination. See the Health and Safety requirements on our website for additional details, including accepted forms of proof of vaccination. Facial coverings remain required for all visitors ages 2 and up.
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Ragamuffin Parade Committee Cancels 2021 Bay Ridge Ragamuffin Parade

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Adding some recent news from our immediate territory where we’ve just learned that the long-standing Bay Ridge event “The Ragamuffin Parade” has been cancelled for this year. I’ve embedded the Facebook post that was made by a regional Councilman Justin Brannan. Take a look.

Piercing Ken Thoughts: So before you lay the blame on the city or state, be reminded that this was 100% based on the organizers of said parade. We found the same thing coming to pass with The Mermaid Parade in Coney Island (discussed HERE) and if you’re late to the table on the news our New York City had been dealing with a rising wave of cancellations already as the NY Luxury Design Fair, The New York International Auto Show, The IMS Outdoors and The Summer Fancy Food Show have all postponed this years originally scheduled events. Just click the highlighted text for those stories if you’d care to peruse. Now I will admit that I find it strange that the larger event of the Third Avenue Festival isn’t being cancelled since 50x the attendance of the Ragamuffin Parade happens at that but in truth its still early and we have plenty of time to find that being postponed for a second year. Though I am vaccinated I am not likely going to wander an event where people are back to back and shoulder to shoulder but that’s just me. I don’t have much more to add on this but I do think this parade is a charming one when it happens. It’s nice to see all the incredible costumes and designs they come up with. Chime in down below with your thoughts if you got ’em and Iwill see you again soon. Stay safe,stay distanced and stay masked where advised to do so. Oh yeah and get vaccinated because I’d like to go to things a little more regularly again.

Official: https://ragamuffinparadebayridge.org/
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RagamuffinParade

Organizers Cancel The 2021 Coney Island Mermaid Parade

The Statement:
Dear Friends of Coney Island USA:

It is with sadness that we announce the cancellation of the 2021 Mermaid Parade.

When we set the September date, we hoped that the Parade, the largest art parade in the nation and a point of civic pride for Coney Island, would represent a return to normalcy. Unfortunately, COVID-19 is not finished with us quite yet.

The Parade draws hundreds of thousands to Coney Island every year, including large numbers of children, many crowding onto mass transit for the ride out to Stillwell Avenue. It is the centerpiece of the CIUSA calendar, and we are very proud of the positive impact that the Parade has on our Coney Island community. However, the risks to our sponsors, patrons, community, and our wonderful staff—who have risen to every challenge—were too much to bear.
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