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DUMBO Drop 2019: Thousands of elephants will fall from Brooklyn skies

September 25, 2019 Mary Frost
For the third year, people will be hurling parachute-wearing toy elephants off rooftops in DUMBO. Photo courtesy of Phil Greenberg

The most photographed block in DUMBO will be the scene of cheerful inanity this Friday, Sept. 27, as thousands of parachute-wearing toy elephants are hurled off rooftops for the amusement of the crowds in the street below.

For those who enjoy a little wager, a guess-where-the-elephant-will-fall contest could pay off. Top prizes including a $1,000 shopping spree and a private rooftop party for 10 at Time Out Market New York.

The drop is part of the DUMBO Improvement District’s third annual Washington Street block party, which runs from 4-9 p.m. Events include toy elephant decorating, goodies from DUMBO eateries, art, virtual reality and performances.

Photo courtesy of Stephen Yang
Photo courtesy of Stephen Yang

Performances include female drumline FogoAzul, P.S. 307’s nationally recognized cheerleading team The Diamonds, The Dock Street Dancers, and a headlining show by the Drumadics.

Etsy will be giving away prizes for the best decorated elephant and parachute in the Etsy Elephant Bedazzling Experience, which takes place at the Westville Beer Garden (81 Washington St.).

There are actually two drops this year. The traditional drop takes place at 6 p.m. and the zany disco drop at 7:30 p.m.

This year’s parachute was designed by the graphic arts studio Morning Breath.

Funds raised support DUMBO’s local schools: P.S. 307 Elementary School and the Dock Street Middle School.

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The contest can be entered online. Entries must be received by Sept. 26.

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