Forget about it raining cats and dogs, it’ll be raining elephants come next week at NYC’s fifth annual Dumbo Drop.
The quirky tradition, that releases thousands of toy elephants from rooftops over Washington Street in Brooklyn will return to DUMBO on Friday, June 2, 2023.
Every year a different artist designs the elephants’ parachute. This year’s selected designer is Lucky Risograph.
This year’s Dumbo Drop will be split into two different times: 6pm: DUMBO DROP; 7pm: DISCO DROP. Entry is anywhere from $20-$25 and can be reserved here. The $25 entry includes the toy elephant, a limited-edition parachute, and a 2023 souvenir calendar. Proceeds from the event go towards PS307 Elementary School and The Dock Street Middle School.
“We love this Brooklyn tradition!” said Alexandria Sica, President of the Dumbo Improvement District. “Raising important funding for our schools and coming together with the whole community to look up in the air—there’s nothing like it!”
New Yorkers can enter either of the drops for a chance to win a variety of neighborhood prizes including: a stay at 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge and dinner at The Osprey; a private party for twenty at Beat the Bomb; cocktails at the newly opened Gair on Washington Street; a Taste of Front Street dining package; a free six month membership to Gleason’s Gym; and a Summer of Coffee gift certificate to Joe Coffee.
After learning about these incredible prizes, you too might be asking how you can win. Well, it’s actually quite simple. The elephant that lands the closest to the target wins.
Winners will be announced after each drop and shared on the neighborhood Instagram, @dumbo_brooklyn. Those who enter the competition are not required to be present to win.
Rather just watch? Spectators can gather for the event on the corner of Washington and Water Streets.
Beyond the elephant drop, other exciting activations will take place throughout the day such as live entertainment, a bedazzling extravaganza by Creatively Wild Art Studio, a Taste of Dumbo with $5 menu items from neighborhood restaurants, and plenty of kid-friendly activities.