Photos: Revelers Brave Wind & Cold For 25th Bayfest

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Neighbors braved less than favorable weather for Bayfest 2016. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
Neighbors braved less than favorable weather for Bayfest 2016. (Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

Despite gusting winds and skies threatening rain, hundreds of revelers turned out Sunday for the 25th Bayfest on Sheepshead Bay’s waterfront.

The event, organized by the Bay Improvement Group, was scaled down compared to previous years, when the festival featured dozens of performers and drew crowds of more than 100,000. The organizers had trouble finding sponsors this year, and decided to put their limited funds towards three high-quality acts.

They certainly delivered. The three bands — Flight of Sound, The Blue Meanies, and Robert Santa — lit up the main stage with crowd-pleasing covers. The party carried on for more than six hours along Emmons Avenue, between East 28th Street and Bedford Avenue, even when dark clouds unleashed the occasional five-minute drizzle or strong winds scattered some of the chairs.

There was also plenty of other activities, including face painting, kiddie rides, visits from the FDNY, and an appearance by a Danny Zuko impersonator.

If you missed the party, here are some photos:

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

Sheepshead Bay native Robert Santa, who has toured with Andrew Dice Clay and performed alongside legends like Roy Orbison, Billy Idol, Slash from Guns & Roses, was Bayfest’s closing act.

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

Danny Zuko impersonator Phil Francavilla, who also does a pretty sweet Tony Manero, got the audience on their feet with the hits from the film Grease.

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

The Blue Meanies entertained the crowd with favorites from the 60s, 70s and 80s.

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

The music was a hit.

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

Kids got a lesson in fire safety from the FDNY. The inside of the trailer was dark and smokey so children could learn to feel along walls with the back of their hands in order to find an exit.

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

The FDNY also sent one of their boats to say hello.

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

The kids were rocking out!

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

He’s smiling on the inside.

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

Flight of Sound opened up Bayfest and had a little something for almost every generation.

(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)
(Photo: Alex Ellefson / Sheepshead Bites)

The wind felt great running through your hair!

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23 COMMENTS

  1. Danny Zuko impersonator?! Who’s that, and who cares?! Lol. You can’t make this stuff up! As great as Sheepshead Bay is! Not exactly the place where all those famous luminaries from the Old Borough Park grew up! Das vadanya, everybody.

  2. Boring and lame. Been to it three years in a row and have given up.

    Bayfest is made to appeal to the tastes of local white non-Russian Brooklyn residents only. So if you’re not in that demographic you probably won’t like it either.

  3. To those of you who are making nasty comments…….. Steve Barrison and his team work very hard for Sheepshead Bay. Whether it’s Bayfest, cleaning up the messes people make in the neighborhood or fighting to keep some semblance of our history – they do their very best. What do you do for my Bay? My home? Nothing, right? So stop with the nasty comments and say thank you for trying!!!!

  4. What Barrison is against – as are most of us who are American – is Russians coming in and taking over instead of integrating themselves into the community. I have watched my Bay turn unrecognizable. Gone are the American restaurants. Gone are the American businesses. And, as for welfare, the majority of the people in my building are Russian. While some of them are lovely people, they get food stamps and free healthcare on my dime while my mother, in her 80’s, has to pay for everything out of her pocket. Anything else?

  5. No idea about your comment. I kinda’ liked what you had ti say…Coming to my garage sale? lol

  6. It was so cold there that they opened up refrigerators to make it warm… I could only last about 1/2 hour there, but the music was great.

  7. Thanks for the tip …
    Why don’t they call it “White Fest” and maybe I’ll go next year….

  8. You KNOW what they do? They get food stamps, SSI, Social security, welfare, section 8 and WE pay for it…(because they were so “oppressed” in Russia…)…
    Then their offspring get rich with an array of ripoffs and scams….

  9. And no one else’s were? I assume you’ve heard of freedom of speech. I’m entitled to my opinion………………

  10. You are absolutely entitled to your opinion and have the right to speak your mind. But on this site, we remove comments that are offensive to certain groups. And I think some people would have taken offense to your comment. Sorry.

  11. You and the ownership of Corner Media invite crazy posts like the crazy anti-black racist.When you try to do away with anonymous posts, no one even bothered posting or reading your online rag. You guy and gals are irresponsible.

  12. And again………… No one else said anything you consider to be offensive? SheepsheadBites used to be such a wonderful site. You’ve destroyed the site and the reputation that Ned built. Such a shame……..

  13. Duane, Your comments about the Russian immigrants are completely not true. The help they get is for the first eight months in this country unelss they are senior citizens. Very few are on welfare and/or food stamps. It is just not true.

  14. Why only “certain groups”? I have seen plenty of rascist remarks and other offensive remarks remain on this site!

  15. Those comments get deleted as soon as I see them. But sometimes they are on the site for a while before I notice them.

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