Swedish Midsummer Festival in Wagner Park Celebrates the Solstice

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On Friday June 22nd, Battery Park City Parks hosted the Swedish Midsummer Festival, a celebration of the summer solstice.

Thousands of Swedes and Swedes for a Day, not unlike St. Patrick’s Day,

danced traditional Swedish folk dances with Barnklubben Elsa Rix, a children’s dance club, and joined in lively dance around the Midsummer pole.
There was wreath making and wearing of beautiful flowers representing those in bloom on the solstice in Sweden.
Traditional music was by Paul Dahlin and fiddlers from the American Swedish Insitute in Minneapolis, and dances were led by Ross Sutter, Scandinavian folklorist. The musicians of the Dalarnas Fiddlers Association, special guests this year, performed traditional Swedish folk music from their province.

 

photos and video by Jonathan Gross

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