“Unsilent Night”: Boombox-Toting Parade-Goers Carol Through the Village

Composer Phil Kline leads a chorus of boomboxes and iPods from Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park in Manhattan during the 19th annual "Unsilent Night" over the weekend.

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Brooke Niemeyer
Composer Phil Kline, seen here with his wife Aleba and daughter Clementine, began "Unsilent Night" in 1992 with just a few friends. Now, thousands turn out each year for the elecronic caroling session through the East Village.
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Brooke Niemeyer
Thousands traveled Washington Square Park to Tompkins Square Park during the parade. Kline said he wanted to create a "city-block-long stereo system."
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Brooke Niemeyer
Kline brought 50 boomboxes to the parade to help arm eager participants.
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Brooke Niemeyer
Parade-goers took to the streets during the hour-long caroling procession.
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Brooke Niemeyer
Despite the cold weather, thousands of people joined in the musical parade.
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Brooke Niemeyer
While some people used boomboxes or other stereo equipment, many joined in with their iPod's.
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Brooke Niemeyer
While many flashed back to the 80's by carrying their boomboxes on their shoulders, some carried megaphones held up by poles.
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Brooke Niemeyer
What began as just a New York City event has now gone international and is hosted in 25 cities.
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Brooke Niemeyer
Everyone pushed play on their tapes, CDs or iPods at the same time so the music was in-sync as the group caroled through the East Village.
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Brooke Niemeyer
The music is not a traditional seasonal song, but instead an instrumental piece of bells and chimes Phil Kline composed specifically for the event.
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Brooke Niemeyer
Kline brought CD's and cassette's for people who brought their own boomboxes to use.
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