Rain likely at Jackson Brooklyn birthday bash
Michael Jackson fans may want to bring a poncho to the Brooklyn bash Spike Lee is throwing for the King of Pop’s birthday this Saturday.There is an 80 percent chance of showers—with possible thunderstorms—during the Prospect Park fete, the National Weather Service predicted on Thursday. However, park officials say the party will go on rain or shine, unless
severe weather erupts. The free bash honors what would have been the singer’s 51st birthday, and will feature DJ Spinna playing MJ tunes to a video-screen montage at the Nethermead Meadow. Officials estimate at least 10,000 people will show up, depending on the weather. “It’s going to just be how we do it, Brooklyn style—I’ll leave it at that,” Lee told The Root, a news Web site, earlier this month. “It’s going to be a joyous, festive, celebratory party.” Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz will declare Aug. 29 “Michael Jackson Day” at the event, which will run from noon to 5 p.m., culminating in singing “Happy Birthday” to the performer, who died on June 25. Revelers will be allowed to arrive beginning at 10 a.m. Park officials suggest people enter at the park’s Willink entrance off Flatbush Avenue at Empire and Ocean boulevards. The closest train stop is the Q Prospect Park station. Giveaway tables also will be at the party, though it is unclear if food or beverages will be sold and what other possible performers or events are on the agenda. Spike Lee’s company, 40 Acres and a Mule Filmworks, did not offer any other details. Food and beverages will be available nearby at the park’s Audubon Center and from vendors on Flatbush Avenue. Open containers of alcohol are not allowed, which is a standard restriction at such events. The NYPD did not elaborate on crowd-control efforts, but park officials said backpacks are subject to search.