Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade

Bagpipers at the Queens County St. Patrick's Day Parade, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I haven’t been to the Far Rockaways in forever.  In case you haven’t ever visited, it is located in the farthest edge of Queens.  It’s a lovely seaside village of sorts, that has definitely seen better days.  The town hosts the annual Queens County St. Patrick’s Day Parade.  This year’s event, held this past Saturday, and was attended this year by none other than our dear mayor, De Blasio.  He is huge.  Not much to say about the parade, other than show you the photos.  I plan to photograph the grand St. Patrick’s Day Parade in Manhattan on March 17th, so you can see compare the two events for yourself.  Big difference.

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A Non-Tourist’s View of Staten Island

The Staten Island Ferry sign in Manhattan, by NYC photographer, Kelly Williams

Last Monday I played the role of tourist with a trip to Staten Island.  The original goal of my trip was to have a taste of Sri Lankan food.  (Who knew that the largest community of Sri Lankans in the US reside just across the water in the St. George area of Staten Island?)  But I also wanted to see what had happened to the borough in the time since I left.

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The Blizzard Cometh to NYC

Snowpocalypse 2016 hits New York, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

I hope all of my fellow New Yorkers have had the chance to go play in the snow this evening!  We were walloped with 25 inches (and still waiting for the official count) of snow starting at around midnight last night.  I went out this evening at 8:30 p.m. to check out the status of the snow, and I’m happy to report that most of the white stuff has been cleared.  The roads are good, but good luck if you were hoping to dig your car out for tomorrow’s commute.  The subways are running (at least those below ground, like my E/F line), and it seems everyone is out taking selfies.  Here are some photos from tonight’s adventures with Snowpocalypse 2016.

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The 2015 Pasco County Fair: Babies and Bull Riding

The county fair championship rodeo, by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Of all the wacky fairs I have attended during my visit to Florida, the Pasco County Fair was by far the best.  A cute baby contest, full rodeo, and wild amusement rides — need I say more?

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Sant’ Yago Knight Parade

Enjoy these photos from tonight’s Sant’ Yago Knight Parade in Ybor City.  The parade is one of the final events for the Gasparilla pirate festival in Tampa, Florida.

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Tampa’s Thai Temple: The Wat Mongkolratanaram

A woman walks outside the Wat Mongkolratanaram, as photographed by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

With the coldest air of the season beating down on New York City, I thought sharing photos from one of Tampa’s most serene spaces was in order.  Welcome to the Wat Mongkolratanaram of Florida, a Buddhist temple located alongside the Palm River near Brandon.  The ‘wat,’ or monastery temple, was established in its present location in 1981 and the newly designed temple was dedicated in 2007.  English-language religious services are held every Sunday beginning at 1:00 p.m., and classes on Buddhism are offered during the week.

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The Florida State Fair

A carnival history display at the Florida State Fair, photographed by NYC photojournalist, Kelly Williams

Yesterday, my mother and I visited the Florida State Fair.  For a city girl like myself, this was an introduction to the country life, complete with livestock competitions, homemade concoctions, and everything you would ever need to decorate your house à la Little House on the Prairie.

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Gasparilla 2015: Pirates Invade Tampa

Tampa celebrates Gasparilla 2015, by NYC photojouralist, Kelly Williams.

Enjoy these photos from the 2015 Gasparilla pirate festival in Tampa, Florida.

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The Road to Micanopy, Florida

Photos of Micanopy, Florida by NYC wedding, event, and portrait photographer Kelly Williams

Happy new year, everyone!  I hope you all are enjoying a little ‘down time’ — I certainly am.  I’m spending time with my family in Florida, and we recently took a trip to Jacksonville to visit with my aunt and cousins.  The trip was great, especially the side trip to a little town called Micanopy.  The town is an ideal relic of ‘old Florida’ and has one main street with lots of cute shops and restaurants.  I encourage everyone to take a visit there if you can.  While you’re there, enjoy some alligator tail at the Yearling Restaurant in nearby Cross Creek.  Enjoy the pics, and there will be plenty more photos of Florida coming soon!

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Christmas in New York City

Christmas in New York City, by NYC wedding, event, and portrait photographer, Kelly Williams

Happy holidays to everyone!  With all that is going on in New York at the moment, let’s take a moment to remember the best of the city.  I can think of no more magical place than NYC at Christmas.  Enjoy this local’s perspective on the holiday.

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