Street Scenes | Puppets and Banjos at La MaMa’s Block Party

On Saturday, a flock of giant handmade birds soared down East Fourth Street – part of a “puppet parade” to celebrate La MaMa Experimental Theatre Club’s 50th anniversary. The block party, staged in part by the company’s new artistic director Mia Yoo, also included a renaming ceremony (the Fourth Street cultural district now bears the name of late, legendary artistic director Ellen Stewart) and a performance by PigPen Theatre Co., a group of seven recent Carnegie Melon University graduates. Enjoy their banjo pickin’ as we look back on some of the festivities’ more colorful scenes.