Flatbed Follies

a grand spectacle

staged on parade floats

Upcoming Dates

August 19

5 pm & 7 pm

Lowery and Bliss Plazas
Sunnyside, Queens

August 20

9 am, 10:30 am, 12 pm

109 Btw Park and Lex

August 20

5 pm

Osborn St btw. Lott Ave & Newport St
Brownsville, Brooklyn

August 21

1:30 pm & 4:30 pm

Kelly St btw E. 163rd St & Intervale Ave
Longwood, Bronx

August 27

TBD

Blake Ave btw Rockaway Ave & Mother Gaston Blvd
Brownsville, Brooklyn

August 28

TBD

Berry St btw S 1st & S 2nd
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

September 10

TBD

Albee Square
Downtown Brooklyn

September 10

TBD

Vanderbilt Ave. Open Street
Clinton Hill, Brooklyn

September 11

TBD

Jennings St. btw Prospect Ave & Chisholm Street
Bronx

ABOUT

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus Flatbed Follies is an outdoor mobile venue that brings circus and variety arts into the streets. Developed in response to the continued COVID reality, Flatbed Follies has become a vehicle offering joy and wonder to a recovering world. Performances take place upon an innovative series of parade float stages modified to present circus acts. There is even a calliope wagon providing authentic circus music.

Developed in 2021 with the support of NYC’s Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Flatbed Follies has already become a DIY WPA for performing artists in New York. Last year the project employed more than 200 artists and crew. In 2022, we are already planning more shows and opportunities, including offering this program in other cities.

Harkening back to the days when the grand circus parade came through towns across the country and captivated everyone who saw it, Flatbed Follies offers a much-needed celebration and brings art back to the streets. The repurposed parade floats are equipped to showcase incredible and eclectic talent from clowns, jugglers, wire walkers, acrobats, aerial acts and more. The stages are also equipped to feature live music, plus have lighting availlable, offering after-dark options including silent movies with live musicians. Flatbed Follies can become the a focal point for a full day street activation, or it can bring the show to multiple locations in a day.

Bindlestiff’s Flatbed Follies is a new concept in live entertainment and is perfectly suited for 2022, outside and allows distancing. It is flexible, and adapt the programming to the communities it visits. Flatbed Follies can offer workshops and community programming, inviting local marching bands, dancers, and youth groups to join the spectacle.

With municipal and foundation support, this project brings live performance to the public for free. Because of its mobile, self-sufficient nature, this production can roll just about anywhere. Flatbed Follies supports the community, we hire local! The artists who amaze you are your neighbors. Bindlestiff Family Cirkus provides the stage, and working with many local partners, an amazing spectacle for the people is able to take place.

Wonders of Asia

Street Activations

Uptown Showdown

Frostbite Follies

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    12/4/21 - Brownsville, Brooklyn

    Frostbite Follies
    Belmont Avenue @ Osborn Plaza, btwn Watkins St & Thatford Ave, Brownsville, Brooklyn
    12:00pm
  • Sunday Dec. 5, Grand Concourse, Bronx

    12/5/21 - Grand Concourse, Bronx

    Frostbite Follies
    Grand Concourse Service Rd btwn 161st St & 163rd St, Bronx
    3:00pm
  • Sunday Dec. 12, Jamaica, Queens

    12/12/21 - Jamaica, Queens

    Frostbite Follies
    Shore Ave form Henry Grate Sr Pl to Pinegrove St, Jamaica, Queens
    3:00pm
  • Sunday Dec. 12, Jackson Heights, Queens

    12/12/21 - Jackson Heights, Queens

    Frostbite Follies
    34th Ave btwn 77th St & 79th St, Jackson Heights, Queens
    12:00pm
  • Saturday Dec. 11, Manhattan

    12/11/21 - Washington Heights, Manhattan

    Frostbite Follies
    Plaza de las Americas, 175th St btwn Broadway & Wadsworth Ave, Washington Heights
    3:00pm
  • Saturday Dec. 11, Woodhaven, Queens

    12/11/21 - Woodhaven, Queens

    Frostbite Follies
    Forest Parkway from Jamaica Ave to 86th Rd, Woodhaven, Queens
    12:00pm
  • Friday Dec. 10, Chinatown

    12/10/21 - Chinatown, Manhattan

    Frostbite Follies
    Pell St from Bowery to Mott AND Doyers St from Pell St to Bowery
    5:00pm & 7:30pm
  • Thursday Dec. 9, Jamaica, Queens

    12/9/21 - Jamaica, Queens

    Frostbite Follies
    90th Ave btwn Merrick Blvd & 168th St, Jamaica, Queens
    3:00pm
  • Thursday Dec. 9, Queens Village

    12/9/21 - Queens Village

    Frostbite Follies
    105th Ave btwn Hollis Ave & 217th Ln, Queens Village
    12:00pm
  • Sunday Dec. 5, Morrisania, Bronx

    12/5/21 - Morrisania, Bronx

    Frostbite Follies
    Trinity Ave btwn 163rd St & 165th St, Morrisania, Bronx
    11:00am
  • Saturday Dec. 4, Queens

    12/4/21 - Astoria, Queens

    Frostbite Follies
    31st Ave btwn 33rd St & 35th St, Astoria, Queens
    3:00pm
  • Saturday, Oct. 30, Brooklyn

    10/30/21 Brooklyn

    Flatbed Follies
    Vanderbilt Ave. between Bergen St. & St. Marks Ave., Brooklyn

    4pm–6:30pm
    Including:
    Bicycle Stunt Demo
    Live band The Jazz Bastards
    Bindlestiff Family Cirkus variety show, featuring Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler, Copper Santiago, Lisa Natoli, Michael Rosman, and Greg Dubin

  • Saturday, Oct. 30, Harlem

    10/30/21 Harlem

    Flatbed Follies
    Pleasant Ave. between 118th-119th St., Harlem

    11:30am–2pm
    11:30am Warriors & Bugle Corp
    12:00pm Kaisokah Moko Jumbies
    12:30pm Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, featuring Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler, Copper Santiago, Lisa Natoli, Michael Rosman, and Greg Dubin

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    10/23/21

    Flatbed Follies
    Newkirk Ave. & Rugby Rd., Brooklyn

    11am–3pm
    Featuring: Joel Jeske, Tyler West, Lex Alston, Shereen Hickman
    Sabrina Chap, Jenny McGowan, Justin Weber & the NY Yo-Yo Club, and Paul Stewart

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    10/17/21

    Flatbed Follies
    Del Valle Square, Bruckner Blvd & E 163rd St., Bronx

    Noon, 2:30pm, 5pm

    Keith Nelson, Jean-tae Francis, Omar Rodriquez, Lina Liu, Juanita Cardenas, Joel Jeske, Lex Alston, Shereen Hickman, Tyler West, Angela Buccini, Logan Kerr, Jesse Gelbert

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    10/16/21

    Flatbed Follies
    Del Valle Square, Bruckner Blvd & E 163rd St., Bronx

    Noon, 2:30pm, 5pm

    Keith Nelson, Jean-tae Francis, Omar Rodriquez, Copper Santiago, Juanita Cardenas, Joel Jeske, Lex Alston, Shereen Hickman, Tyler West, Angela Buccini, Logan Kerr, Jesse Gelbert

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    10/2/21 Queens

    Flatbed Follies:
    Prof. Palshikar’s Wonders of Asia
    34th Ave. Open Street between 73rd & 74th St., Queens
    11:30am–3pm

    An energetic, family-friendly, multi-cultural traveling show celebrating Asian American artists and the diversity of New York’s vibrant ethnic neighborhoods and communities.

    11:30am-1pm: Live music & street spectacle
    1pm: Variety show

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    10/2/21 Brooklyn

    Flatbed Follies: A Night of Variety
    5th Ave. between 10th & 11th St., Park Slope
    5:30–9pm

    5:30pm: Street spectacle
    6pm: Variety show
    8pm: Silent movie screenings

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    9/19/21

    Flatbed Follies: Uptown Showdown
    Johnny Hartman Plaza at 143rd St. & Hamilton Pl.
    4–7pm

    Featuring: Dandy Wellington and his Band & the Kaisokah Moko Jumbies

    BFC presents:
    Lemont Haskins, Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler, Copper Santiago, Susan Voyticky, Dewitt Fleming, Diamond Redd, King Charles Unicycle Troupe

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    9/18/21

    Flatbed Follies: Uptown Showdown
    116th St. & Frederick Douglass Blvd.
    2:30–7pm

    Featuring the Warriors Drum Corps & Dandy Wellington and his Band

    BFC presents:
    Lemont Haskins, Paris the Hip-Hop Juggler, Copper Santiago, Susan Voyticky, Dewitt Fleming, Diamond Redd, King Charles Unicycle Troupe

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