Thousands of Michael Jackson fans in Brooklyn, New York, didn’t let a little rain stop their party.
The New York Daily News reports that they were determined to show up for the celebration honoring Michael on August 29, hosted by director Spike Lee. It would have been the entertainer’s 51st birthday.
"Fifty-one years ago, he was born into the world," Spike said while greeting partygoers in Brookyyn’s Prospect Park on Saturday. "I’m like everybody else – somebody who loved his talent.”
To show their love, fans dressed up like Michael and danced on the muddy lawn while listening to his music being blasting across the park. Those who were so moved could also sign a banner. The crowd was in such high spirits that even the event staff found themselves doing some of Michael’s moves in the rain.
This was a welcomed change of mood when remembering Michael Jackson, which until now had been very somber as people continue to mourn his passing. And, of course, Spike made sure the guests got some traditional birthday goodies: he brought out a huge white birthday cake with “Happy Birthday, Michael Jackson” scrawled across it in red frosting.
And to cap off the day, Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz declared August 29 to be Michael Jackson Memorial Day in Brooklyn.
– Sonya Eskridge