Bindlestiff’s Flatbed Follies

Flatbed Follies

a grand spectacle

staged on parade floats

The Cirkus Parade that transforms into a show

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus presents Flatbed Follies, bringing performing arts to neighborhoods that have minimal arts programming and those areas hit hardest by COVID. Performances will take place upon an innovative series of parade float stages featuring circus artists from all five boroughs. There will even be a calliope wagon providing authentic circus music. The first stops for this new summer-long series take place Saturday, July 17 with shows at E. 101st Street and Plaza de las Americas in Manhattan and Sunday, July 18 at 34thAvenue in Queens and Fordham Plaza in The Bronx. Shows continue in various locations around the city throughout August. All performances are free.

NYC’s Department of Transportation and the Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment are supporting this series of performances, which will employ artists and performers whose livelihoods have been affected by COVID, and remind New Yorkers of the importance of live performance to our city. The performances will take place on Open Streets, Open Culture, and Open Boulevards sites and other public plazas and parks.

Harkening back to the days when the grand circus parade came through towns across the country and captivated everyone who saw it, the Flatbed Follies will bring much-needed celebration and 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.

Bindlestiff’s Flatbed Follies is a new concept in live entertainment and is perfectly suited for 2021. Each Bindlestiff Flatbed rolls in to present live performances by incredible contemporary circus artists. And often, all the floats converge in a plaza for a three-ring show. In keeping with American circus history, an authentic musical calliope wagon leads the way and is followed by beautifully decorated parade floats serving as rolling stages providing audiences with a thrilling outdoor circus experience. In addition to the floating stages, parade-style elements such as stilt walkers, penny-farthing riders, physical comedians and other local talent such as marching bands, gymnastic troupes and other talent will be part of the celebration.

“We are excited to see the return of outdoor performances in public spaces as the city continues to reopen”, said the Commissioner of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Media and Entertainment, Anne del Castillo, “and are proud to join the Department of Transportation in supporting the Bindlestiff’s Flatbed Follies’ events this summer. These live events will bring the joy and theatrics of the circus to New Yorkers, while providing local talent, many of whom have been financially affected by COVID, the opportunity to be paid to perform for live audiences once again.”

Are you an artist interested in performing in Flatbed Follies? Please visit: Flatbed Follies Act Submission

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus "Flatbed Follies" in the Bronx, June 21, 2021. Photo © John Huntington

 

Flatbed Follies cast
COMPLETE SCHEDULE (Subject to change):

SATURDAY, JULY 17

11:00 AM – Plaza de las Americas – between 175th St. & Wadsworth (Manhattan)
2:30 PM – E. 101 Street “Open Street” between Park & Lexington (Manhattan)
4:30 PM – E. 101 Street “Open Street” between Park & Lexington (Manhattan)

SUNDAY, JULY 18

11:00 AM – 34th Avenue between Junction Blvd. & 96th St.(Queens)
1:00 PM – 34th Avenue between Junction Blvd. & 96th St. (Queens)
4:00 PM – Fordham Plaza between E. 189th St. & 3rd Ave.(Bronx)

SATURDAY, JULY 31

12:30 PM – Alexander Avenue “Open Street” between E. 134th & Bruckner Blvd. (Bronx)
5:00 PM – Minthorne Street “Open Street” between Victory Blvd. & Bay St. (Staten Island)

SATURDAY, AUGUST 7

Summer Streets, Manhattan
Foley Square (Worth St. between Lafayette & Centre St.)
Showtimes:
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
12:00 PM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 8

11:00 AM – Wyckoff Street “Open Street” between Hoyt St. & 4th Ave. (Brooklyn)
2:30 PM – Marcy Avenue Plaza between Fulton & MacDonough (Brooklyn)
4:30 PM – Marcy Avenue Plaza

SATURDAY, AUGUST 14

Summer Streets, Manhattan
Foley Square (Worth St. between Lafayette & Centre St.)
Showtimes:
9:00 AM
10:30 AM
12:00 PM

SUNDAY, AUGUST 15

TBD – 5th Avenue Sunset Park between 41st St. & 42nd St. (Brooklyn)
4:30 PM – Reads Lane “Open Street” between Oak Dr. and Elvira Ave. (Queens)

FRIDAY, AUGUST 20 (rain date 8/22)

Dutchman’s Landing Park
64 Dutchman’s Landing, Catskill, NY
Showtimes:
3:00 PM
5:00 PM
7:00 PM

SATURDAY, AUGUST 21 (rain date 8/22)

Hudson High School Athletic Fields
215 Harry Howard Ave., Hudson, NY
Showtimes:
2:00 PM
4:00 PM
6:00 PM

Bindlestiff Family Cirkus "Flatbed Follies" in the Bronx, June 21, 2021. Photo © John Huntington
Bindlestiff Family Cirkus "Flatbed Follies" in the Bronx, June 21, 2021. Photo © John Huntington