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LI’s First Bike-to-Work Parade Taps Into Hofstra’s Dutch Festival

Photographer: Zack Lane, Hofstra University Photographer

Bike RackWhat’s more Dutch than bike riding, and this year Hofstra University’s Dutch Family Festival, to be held on Saturday, May 7, 2016, is hosting Car-less Long Island’s first Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade. The Parade (9-10:30 a.m.) follows a 6.5 mile loop (2.3 miles for those with less stamina) starting at Hofstra, looping through Eisenhower Park and ending at the Dutch Family Festival, which opens at 11 a.m. and runs through 4 p.m.

Admission to enter the Dutch Family Festival and parking are free. Participation in the Bike-to-Work Fashion Parade is also free, but participants are encouraged to register beforehand. The registration form and more information about the parade can be found at www.Car-lessLI.org/parade. The first 200 registrants who show up for the parade will receive free T-shirts. Participants are also encouraged to dress-up and decorate their bikes. There will be prizes given for the best outfits (both flamboyant and professional) and most impressive bikes.

As with last year’s Dutch Family Festival, carnival rides and games for small children are part of the fun, and the focus of the entertainment lineup is Hofstra’s amazing student talent, with a full itinerary of music and theater taking place on two stages.

As always, Hofstra’s tulips will be in bloom (weather permitting) and there will be vendors offering Mother’s Day “shopportunities.”

There will be more activities this year at the Festival for children, including carnival rides and games, a performance of "The Three Little Pigs," and activities planned by the coloring club - In the Lines.
Not interested in bike riding. No worries! There will be carnival rides, games and performances of “Suessical,” “Alice in Wonderland” and other activities for children.

Among the highlights of the day are:

  • Carnival games and rides for preschoolers-kindergartners (nominal fees) 
  • Hofstra Arboretum Plant Sale
  • Hofstra Spectrum Theater performs Alice in Wonderland
  • Hofstra Drama Program presents Suessical
  • Performances by Hofstra’s Music Ensembles, including the Jazz Ensemble
  • Ceramics demonstration and display by the Fine Arts Department faculty and students
  • Performances by the Hofstra Cheer Team, Dance Team and Pep Band

The Hofstra Dutch Family Festival, now in its 33rd year, is co-sponsored by the D’Addario Music Appreciation Initiative.

The Festival will go on, rain or shine, outdoors on Hofstra’s South Campus. Call Hofstra’s Festival Hotline at (516) 463-6582 or visit hofstra.edu/festivals or become a fan of Hofstra University Festivals on Facebook for more information and the most up-to-date listings of entertainment.

What you need to know:

  • Register in advance for the Bike-to-Work Parade at Car-lessLI.org/parade . There is no fee to enter.
  • On Saturday, May 7, the Bike Parade begins on the Hofstra campus at 9 a.m. – there is a 6.5 mile loop and a shorter 2.3 mile trail
  • The parade route ends at the Hofstra Dutch Family Festival.
  • The Festival is 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Admission and parking are free. The carnival rides and games have nominal fees.
  • The Festival will go on rain or shine.
  • More information is available and a festival itinerary will be posted at hofstra.edu/festivals.

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