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New York FPC PressPass: December December 21 - 28, 2014


WHAT: Outdoor Musical Event – 12 Parades

SPONSOR: Make Music New York

WHEN: Sunday, December 21, 2014; musical events begin at different times. For specific start times, please consult the below link.

WHERE: Various Locations throughout New York City

PRESS CONTACT: Clara Inés Schuhmacher,

BACKGROUND: Make Music Winter is a free, outdoor musical event each December 21st that turns audiences into music makers. Inspired by Phil Kline’s annual Unsilent Night – the boombox parade that has become an international tradition – Make Music Winter transforms New York’s cityscape with twelve participatory musical parades on the winter solstice, running the gamut of musical genres. Artist Tom Peyton will host an evening procession requiring no instruments in Midtown Manhattan, while composer Hiroya Miura is asking for brass musicians and bagpipers to march with him during the afternoon in Queens—just two of 13 blaring performances throughout the City. For a complete schedule of parade, go to



WHAT: Exhibition – Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol

SPONSOR: The Morgan Library & Museum

WHEN: Friday, December 26, 2014; 7:00 p.m.

WHERE: 225 Madison Avenue at 36th Street

PRESS CONTACT: (212) 590-0311,

BACKGROUND: Every holiday season, the Morgan displays Charles Dickens's original manuscript of A Christmas Carol in Pierpont Morgan's Library. Dickens wrote his tale in a six-week flurry of activity, beginning in October 1843 and ending in time for Christmas publication. He had the manuscript bound in red morocco as a gift for his solicitor, Thomas Mitton. The manuscript then passed through several owners before Pierpont Morgan acquired it in the 1890s. The Morgan Library is free and open to the public Friday evenings beginning at 7:00 p.m.




WHAT: Event - Good Riddance Day

SPONSOR: Times Square Alliance

WHEN: Sunday, December 28, 2014; 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Times Square, Broadway between 43rd and 44th Streets

BACKGROUND: Good Riddance Day is inspired by a Latin American tradition in which New Year’s revelers stuffed dolls with objects representing bad memories. Members of the public are invited to shed and shred their forgettable memories from 2014 for a fresh start in 2015. For more information, go to:


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