Phil Collins Day to serve ‘hot chocolate, hot cider, hot catharsis’

What started as a possibly ironic dance party in 2007 evolved over the last five years into a full-blown parade with interactive confessional booth and all sorts of kitsch in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint. Yes, it’s real. Brooklynites come out for Phil Collins and sussudio their pants off on February 15 every year. Mark the above 2011 photo as exhibit A.

But, this year, Phil Collins Day has relocated to the borough of Queens, where PCD organizer Heather Feather moved last year — and, yes, she felt the wrath of Hurricane Sandy. “I moved to Rockaway shortly after Phil Collins Day last year,” Heather told Gothamist. “We were, like the majority of the peninsula, hit pretty badly by the storm; house destroyed, lost all of my tools, garden, etc. And the past three months have been one of recovery and rebuilding … This year, we will be celebrating Phil Collins Day in full form. We will be serving hot chocolate and hot cider and hot catharsis in the form of a drum circle.”

More details from the Phil Collins Day website:

This Year:


Come circle your drum on the beach of 112th st in Rockaway.

For residents and sympathizers.

Bring your percussive instruments, and let us celebrate our survival while dancing by the sea.

3pm – sunset

tambourines, steel drums, buckets, pots and pans, welcome.

let it all out and dress warm!

Jackets definitely required Friday, February 15.

[Gothamist/Phil Collins Day]