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Just dance! Brooklyn Bridge Park gets down and funky starting on May 12

There’s even more Celebrate Brooklyn to love.

The Prospect Park-based performing arts festival expands to Brooklyn Bridge Park this month, with a dance party series planned for Pier 1.

Kicking things off on May 12 is Maceo Parker, a funk musician whose laid down his gritty sax lines with James Brown, Parliament-Funkadelic, Bootsy Collins and Prince. He’ll be joined by DJ Spinna, who will get you moving with a mix of old school funk and futuristic electro.

The series continues on May 19 with salsa big band La Excelencia and DJS Aue Bajo?!, and then bhangra enthusiasts Red Braat and DJ Rekha on May 26, just in time for Celebrate Brooklyn to kick off at the Prospect Park Bandshell on June 10 with Andrew Bird.

“The performers and DJs are prime examples of the diverse, world-class programming Celebrate Brooklyn is known for, and each is a treasure that exemplifies a particular genre,” said Jack Walsh, director of performing arts programs for BRIC, which produces Celebrate Brooklyn. “They all put on a great live show and lay down irresistible dance grooves.”

Brooklyn Bridge Dance Party at Pier 1 (lawn of Pier 1 at the foot of Old Fulton Street in DUMBO), May 12, 19 and 26 at 7 pm. Free. For info, visit www.bricartsmedia.org.

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