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'Unsilent Night' Brings Boombox Performance to Washington Square Park

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Sonni Boombox via BitBoy on Flickr

This weekend: A Christmas tradition that has outlived our momentary nationwide fascination with flash mobs.

Dust off your radio or pop some batteries in that iPod alarm clock with the 30-pin connector and come to Unsilent Night in Washington Square Park on Sunday, December 17, 2017 at 6pm.

Unsilent Night will celebrate the season with a swirling piece of music designed in four tracks to be played simultaneously through the various boomboxes, phones, and bluetooth speakers that the attendees carry with them. After synchronizing near the arch at Washington Square Park, the group will walk through the streets to Tompkins Square Park, caroling the East Village with a tingling chorus of electronic bells.

Check the official website for links to the music and instructions on how to participate. While New York is the flagship event, there are other gatherings across the country during December.

Sunday is looking to be overcast with temps in the 30s, so the weather should make it adequately festive without causing your index finger to freeze to the play button.

If you can't make it out this weekend, enjoy this video of the 2010 performance:

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