Someone just posted the following query on the Hudson Community Board on Facebook.
Curious (and not being on Warren Street myself to see the parade), I checked the mass gathering permits posted on the City website to find out what the parade was about and discovered today was the day for the Endless Love Temple's "Religious Parade and Gathering," which started at 3 p.m. with a parade down Warren Street and will continue until 7 p.m. in Henry Hudson Riverfront Park. The Endless Love Temple is, of course, the church whose pastor is Ed Cross, Second Ward supervisor.
On the topic of the replica ship/parade float, the last sheet of the application for the mass gathering permit contains this handwritten message:
It seems that for today at least the object is not a replica, constructed in 1985 for Hudson's Bicentennial Celebration, of The Hudson, the first ship ever built here at the end of the 18th century, but a replica of Noah's ark. The question of whether or not it is appropriate for City-owned property to be used in this manner remains unanswered.
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