Block Party (United States)
A block party is a big celebration in the United States where many residents of a single block of houses gather to attend an important event. It is often celebrated with music and dance . Block parties became popular in the US during the 1970s . They often took place outside and the electricity for the DJs' sound systems was illegally obtained from street lights . A famous reference to this is found in the song "South Bronx" by KRS-One on the line:
“Power from a street light made the place dark. But yo, they didn't care, they turned it out. "
In the suburbs of the USA, block parties always take place on public holidays such as July 4th or Labor Day . Sometimes the occasion is a specific theme like “welcome to the neighborhood” for a new family or a new movie. Block parties are often combined with barbecues , lawn games like Simon Says and group dances like the electric slide , the macarena or line dancing .
The block party is closely related to the beach party . The British equivalent is the street party , while in the German area a district festival , village festival or street festival has similar characteristics.