There's a grassy area about the size of a football field and it will soon be pounded with more gusto than three NFL teams muster in five quarters of play.
The field's perimeter is lined with the curious, the excited, the anticipatory. Spectators have traveled along pathways, across rivers and over oceans. Most are there to celebrate their culture. We're there to marvel at the celebration.
One by one, the Sing Sing groups enter the field. They drum, chant and jump in a display of finery and athleticism. Rhythms, colours, vibrations...is it too far over the top to say, " a Super Bowl half time show on steroids"?
And we have the Hagen Show equivalent of box seats.