More than 1,000 children, parents and neighbors joined the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue) on Sunday to help usher in the Festival of Lights.

The kiddies got to enjoy free performances from the Jewish Sunday Children’s Program, a surprise dance and the effervescent efforts of Bubblemania during the four-hour event, distracted only by delicious latkes and Chanukah-themed arts and crafts tables. Well, we shouldn’t say “only,” as there were also the inflatable slide ride and castle, and the “Pin the Flame on the Menorah” game!

And if the striking turnout from neighbors was not enough, it also saw a star-studded roster of local pols, who came out to wish everyone a happy holiday and show their support for the local institution. Among those who stopped by were Congressman Bob Turner, New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli, Borough President Marty Markowitz, State Senator Marty Golden, State Assemblyman Steven Cymbrowitz and City Councilman Lew Fidler.

All photos courtesy of Kings Bay YM-YWHA.

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