Annual Boardwalk Barrels of Fun another work of art

It was a barrel of both fun and laughs.

Locals headed to Coney Island for the annual Boardwalk Barrels of Fun on Saturday, May 5 at Riegelmann Boardwalk between West 10th and West 12th Streets.

The art competition is held annually on the Boardwalk where participants are invited to paint rubbish barrels with colorful landscapes, seascapes and carnival-themed art for the spring and summer season.

Hosted by the New York City Parks Department and the Alliance for Coney Island, the event was another success.

“Boardwalk Barrels of Fun is a family-friendly way for New Yorkers to express themselves artistically. And it serves as a reminder to beach-goers to keep the beaches and Boardwalk clean and litter-free,” said Brooklyn Borough Parks Commissioner Martin Maher.

Winners were chosen in several categories, including, family, students and open, and received various prizes.

“Brooklyn Barrels of Fun is a great event,” said Cindy Godla, events, marketing and public relations manager for the Alliance. “We had some really great artists this year and their art will really help liven up the Boardwalk this summer. It’s a great event whether you’re an adult or with your family because it really lets everyone just be creative and express themselves.”

In addition, said Godla, “It’s a great way to bring the community together in a positive way. You get to spend time outdoors with your friends and family and it really lets people just be themselves and paint whatever is inspiring them.  I saw a lot of aquatic themes but what stood out to me was the different national flags and one in particular of children of different nationalities holding hands. I thought it was great to see such positivity. I’m excited that it’s going to be displayed on the Boardwalk all summer.”

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