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Ecofest Celebrates 25 Years Of Green Education And Efforts

Festival Held Sunday In Times Square
Times Square (credit: AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda)

Times Square (credit: AFP PHOTO/Stan Honda)

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NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Ecofest celebrated its 25th anniversary in Times Square Sunday, with an assortment of children’s concerts and performances and some lessons in going green for people of all ages.

The event was held along Broadway between 45th and 47th streets between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m.

Featured performers included the environmental magician the Amazing Ken, singer Al Smith, and the Rivertown Kids community chorus – a group of youth musicians formed by the legendary Pete Seeger with a mission of spreading the word about environmental and social justice.

The event also included a 10-foot snowman, a “recycling Olympics” competition, and a Tibetan sand mandala.

“You can definitely see how global warming has affected the snowman in Times Square in the middle of August,” a spokeswoman for the festival said.

This year’s Ecofest also featured an alternative fuels display that demonstrated numerous alternative energy vehicles – some of which are already used by New York city and state agencies.

Ecofest was launched a quarter century ago as an event for people to get information and get involved in environmental protection.

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