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500 Cows Graze into the Big Apple for Summer Extravaganza

20 June 2000

CowParade New York officially kicks off on June 15 at the Pulitzer Foundation in Manhattan. The cows are life-sized fiberglass sculptures uniquely designed by area artists and sponsored for charity by corporate and individual patrons. The cows will graze in the urban pastures of New York through Labor Day, at sites such as the Dairy Building in Central Park, Pier 17 at South Street Seaport, the New York Public Library and FAO Schwarz. This fall, they'll be put up for auction, with net proceeds to benefit New York area charities supporting children, education and the parks. CowParade first began in Zurich (1998) and then was imported to Chicago (1999), where Mayor Richard Daley called it the most successful promotional event in the city's history. The next CowParade will be held in Sydney, Australia during the summer Olympics later this year. For the New York event, more than 1,200 designs from professional and amateur artists were submitted for consideration.