Photo by Joe Comperiati

 Nearly 2,000 kids and their caretakers swarmed the Kings Bay YM-YWHA (3495 Nostrand Avenue) on Sunday, celebrating the Jewish holiday of Purim with costumes and other revelry.

According to the organizers, the annual Purim Carnival is the largest Purim celebration in the area, and this year’s appeared to have an even better turnout that years prior.

Kids of all ages gathered to sing, dance and celebrate the holiday, which commemorates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the ancient Persian empire. To kids, it’s primarily known as “Jewish Halloween,” when revelers of all ages don masks and costumes, attend parties, and treat themselves to sweets.

The party also featured rides, sand art, face painting and Purim-themed arts and crafts, pairs with free hamentashen cookies and entertainment. It was attended by Manhattan borough president and candidate for the comptroller’s office, Scott Stringer, along with Assemblyman Alan Maisel and Councilman Lew Fidler.

Photos by Joe Comperiati.

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  • MicoJones

    Any kids in blackface there?