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Enjoy a day of free music all over the city during Make Music Winter later this month.

Make Music Winter, hosted by Make Music New York, is a free, outdoor music-making celebration that puts on over a dozen participatory musical parades across the five boroughs.

On Thursday, Dec. 21, Make Music Winter will celebrate its seventh year by bringing out New Yorkers of all ages, musical abilities and genres to sing, play, march and dance their way across local streets, parks, plazas and other public spaces.

This year, the Queens parade will be a New Orleans-style second line swing parade led by jazz vocalists Claudette Morgan and TC the 3rd, stars of the new musical, “SS Nirvana: A Story of Love and Jazz On the High Seas.” Called the Queens Second Line Swing parade, the jazz vocalists will be accompanied by a three-piece brass ensemble and bass drum to perform classic call-and-response standards by jazz legends such as Ella Fitzgerald, Johnny, Hartman, Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughn and Billy Eckstein.

The parade will also feature some of the borough’s top second line swing dancers.

Participants in the Queens Second Line Swing parade should arrive at Maple Grove Park at Hoover Avenue between Queens Boulevard and 132nd Street at 12:30 p.m. Those who wish to participate are asked to send an email with the subject line “I Want to Swing” to and to include if you’ll be playing an instrument.

For more information and to see full lineup of parades, visit


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