There were a lot of things going on in the East Village yesterday. There was a Dance Parade

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which went down St. Marks Place headed for Tompkins Square Park.

The outdoor tables of the restaurants were out and people were eating their BBQ from Mighty Quinn’s and their blintzes from Veselka while enjoying the beautiful weather.

And there was the annual Ukrainian Festival on 7th Street.  It continues today.

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Many people were dressed in traditional garb.  Food lines were long for varenyky (pierogis) and stuffed cabbage. Ukrainian CDs, clothing and other knickknacks were for sale.

There were also some signs of the current political events

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Just around the corner on 2nd Avenue is a more somber display of what people have lost in recent months.

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