If you remember that Kel loves orange soda, that the Spice Girls had their own line of lollipops, and that you can never have too many butterfly clips in your hair, you really should have been at 90sFest.
The event, which drew thousands to the 50 Kent Avenue performance space in Brooklyn, (mostly) defied the pending rain and featured a 90’s-themed musical lineup that included Lisa Loeb, Salt ‘n’ Pepa, Coolio, Blind Melon, Naughty by Nature, and Smash Mouth. It was was sponsored by The Splat, which is more good news for 90’s babies everywhere: the Nickelodeon throwback channel will run old favorites like Rugrats, All That, and Rocko’s Modern Life.
Smile Train, the event’s official charity partner, said the festival was a success because of how many people became aware of the work they do.
“From the artists, to the sitcoms to the style, the 90’s always makes us smile. It was a great way to raise awareness for our work and efforts to share smiles across the world,” said Smile Train CEO Susannah Schaefer.
The crowd took a break from playing a giant game of Jenga and scarfing down chow from food trucks to watch the charity’s video about their very first cleft surgery recipient, Wang Li, who is now mother to a healthy baby of her own.
For the past 16 years, Smile Train has been providing free cleft repair surgery to children in the developing world—one child every five minutes, every single day of the year. The operation helps them to eat, breathe, hear and speak properly again, restoring functions that are lost due to cleft lips and palates.
Only in the name of a good cause like this one can I tolerate MC Pauly Shore in a backwards cap and a hoards of millennials rushing the stage to scream-rap along with Coolio’s Gangsta’s Paradise.
Photo by Helaina Hovitz
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