Falling temperatures have put the weekly drum and dance circle at the park on its annual winter hiatus, the gathering’s leader, Afrika Abney, told locals in an email yesterday. Under a permit the drummers and dancers received from the National Park Service, they can’t perform unless it’s 65 degrees or warmer.
The park, also known as Malcolm X Park, hosted its last official drum and dance circle Nov. 15. The gathering’s most recent incarnation began in March, continuing a tradition that started in the 1950s.
Drummers and dancers are expected to return to the park at some point in the spring.