Thousands expected for Jackson birthday celebration - WKOW 27: Madison, WI Breaking News, Weather and Sports

Thousands expected for Jackson birthday celebration


NEW YORK CITY (WKOW)-- Spike Lee's planned celebration of Michael Jackson's birthday has outgrown the venue a week before it's even held.

The filmmaker had planned to mark the late King of Pop's birthday with a block party-style bash in Brooklyn's Fort Greene park on Aug. 29, when Jackson would have turned 51.

But a spokeswoman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Friday that city officials and Lee are looking at other sites because crowd estimates have grown.

The event's original permit envisioned 2,000 people attending. But because of nationwide publicity, organizers now expect the crowd to exceed 10,000.

The city says Brooklyn's Prospect Park is a possible alternative.

Lee collaborated on Jackson's video for "They Don't Care About Us."

Powered by Frankly