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Young artists net Fish Parade prize

The winning logo for this year's fish parade was designed by Gabriel Beltran and Ashley Lazerbe.

By Meredith Goncalves

They didn’t know it when they entered the contest to design the emblem for this year’s Hunts Point Fish Parade, but Gabriel Beltran and Ashley Lazerbe held the pieces of a puzzle.

Ashley, 10, drew “a ship, a seal and a cool fish,” she said. Gabriel, 12, drew three red fish riding a wave.

Artist Alejandra Delfin, The Point’s graphic designer, liked Gabriel’s fish, but felt something was missing from his design. When she saw Ashley’s submission she found the missing piece. So this year two young artists will be honored by seeing their work on banners and posters everywhere during the June 6 parade, which celebrates the Hunts Point community and its connection to the waters of the Bronx River, East River and Long Island Sound.

Gabriel’s three red fish ride the waves in a rectangle between the words “Fish Parade” and “Riding the Wave of Change.” Ashley’s cool yellow fish provide a border, swimming in blue waters surrounding the rectangle.

Both winners are regular participants in programs at The Point. Gabriel, a student at Bronx Charter School for the Arts, is in the after school program. Ashley, who attends PS 48, participates in No Beef Thursdays, Cirque du Monde and Ways of Green, the visual arts workshop led by Carey Clarke.

“I entered because I like the competition,” said Gabriel, who also loves music, especially jazz. In addition to seeing his artwork used throughout the parade and festival, he will also be performing with the Bronx Arts Band.

Marchers will gather at Hunts Point Riverside Park at 10:30 a.m. At 11:30, the parade will wind through Hunts Point to Barretto Point Park for the Summer Festival, from noon to 5.

Prizes will be awarded to marchers for the best use of recycled materials, best effort to link local and global environmental issues and best fish or marine themed costumes.

At the festival, Bronx Charter School for the Arts will sponsor a children’s carnival and SEBCO will sponsor a talent show and dance contest. A basketball tournament and live music will also be on the agenda.

A free bus will shuttle between Hunts Point Riverside and Barretto Point parks from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

A version of this story appeared in the June 2009 issue of The Hunts Point Express.

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