When and Where is the Celebration?
Loving Day proudly presents the 8th annual
LOVING DAY FLAGSHIP CELEBRATION
in New York City
FREE BBQ: all day long
FREE BEER: for the first hour
GET IN FREE: rain or shine
MULTICULTURAL: family friendly
With special guest, comedian
DAN NAINAN (http://www.comediandan.com)
Sunday, June 12th from 3-7pm at Solar 1
East River at 23rd St. in Manhattan
Come celebrate the anniversary of Loving v. Virginia, the Supreme Court case that legalized interracial marriage in the US.
SUBWAY: 6 train to 23rd, then M23 bus or walk e. past Ave C & FDR. Look for Gulf gas station. Or, L train to 1st Ave: walk N. to 23rd
BY CAR: from south, FDR to 20-23 St. exit. Right on Ave C, right on 23rd almost to Gulf gas station, then service road to Solar 1
This event would not be possible without support from our generous sponsors. Please show them some love!
Asahi - http://www.asahibeerusa.com
MixedChild.com - http://www.mixedchild.com
DJ Spooky - http://www.djspooky.com
Sugar Cuts Inc., Haven - http://www.djdhundee.com
Jennifly - http://jennifly.podomatic.com
World Up - http://www.worldup.org
Mixed Marrow - http://www.mixedmarrow.org
Solar One - http://www.solar1.org
PUMA - http://www.puma.com
After The Event
You could feel the positive energy as 1,000 guests gathered for the Loving Day Flagship Celebration in New York City. DJs kept people dancing while others enjoyed food, drinks, conversation - and even a game of ping pong - under our big festival tent. People of all ages made art about Loving Day and wrote letters asking the President to make Loving Day official. Guests signed up for the national bone marrow registry at a table staffed by Mixed Marrow, which resulted in at least on life saving match at our 2010 event.
Loving Day founder Ken Tanabe told the story of the Lovings. He also announced the official recognition of Loving Day in the Loving's home town of Caroline County, VA. Guests were happy to learn that Loving Day Celebrations were also taking place in more than 30 cities in the United States, and as far away as Japan.
Loving Day was featured on MTV Act, where MTV focuses on social change. The CW's flagship station, WPIX 11 in New York, covered the Loving Day Celebration in New York for the morning news. Loving Day was also featured on ABC TV in Boston for CityLine, their award-winning news magazine program.
As always, the crowd was incredibly warm, welcoming, and diverse in every way imaginable. A heartfelt thank you to everyone who joined us for Loving Day and helped us to make it the world's largest multicultural community celebration.
Photos from the Loving Day Flagship Celebration are on our event page (scroll down).
A special thanks to our very talented photographers!
Willie Davis has been published in the New York Times, The Village Voice, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and many more. His work was featured in Spike Lee's film "When the Levees Broke." Willie has also taught workshops at the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. More info at Willie Davis Photography.
Mauro Clerici travelled across 26 states over 2 months to document Americans and coping with sustainability in his latest project entitled Provocative Nation, which was was exhibited at the Pratt gallery in New York.
Kristin Barr is a graduate from the photography department at Parsons the New School for Design. She assisted Willie and Mauro with all aspects of our event photography this year.