New Yorkers who passed through City Hall in Manhattan this morning enjoyed an unusual sight: the former Beatles drummer and the newly appointed gentleman Ringo Starr lying on a king-size bed with John Lennon's widow, Yoko Ono, and "The Dude" of The Big Lebowski.
The trick was part of a "banquet" inspired by the famous Vietnam War protests of Ono and Lennon in 1969, to support the public schools of New York City.
Starry's former bandmate, Starr, whose real name is Richard Starkey, and Ono were joined on the steps of City Hall by actor Jeff Bridges, Mayor Bill de Blasio and City Council Speaker Corey Johnson.
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Bed-In 2018: Yoko Ono, Ringo Starr and Jeff Bridges participated in the fifth annual Come Together: NYC & # 39; Bed-In & # 39; outside the City Hall in Manhattan on Thursday morning
Strange bedmates: the famous trio joined to support the New York City Schools
Explosion of the past: the trick was inspired by Yoko Ono and John Lennon's famous 1969 & # 39; Bed-Ins & # 39; protesting the Vietnam War
The & # 39; recess & # 39; was part of the fifth annual event & # 39; Come Together: NYC & # 39 ;, which marked the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus: a mobile production studio that provides practical creative experiences to students of all ages, & # 39; including, audio, video, digital media and broadcast
This year's theme of & # 39; Come Together: NYC & # 39; It was & activism & # 39; Students from several schools gathered outside the City Hall with posters that read & # 39; Bed Peace & # 39 ;, & # 39; Hair Peace & # 39; e & # 39; Imagine Peace & # 39; and they sang & # 39; Give Peace A Chance & # 39;
The John Lennon tourist bus was launched in 1998 with the intention of continuing Lennon's legacy of promoting unity through art.
The legendary singer and composer was murdered in Manhattan in 1980.
The event attracted a large crowd of schoolchildren with posters promoting peace
Cheeky: "It's an incredible day for me to finally go to bed with Yoko," Starr joked.
The mayor of Blasio of New York City was present and was seen showing the sign of peace and holding the hand of Ono
Bridges joined the festivities as the national spokesperson for the nonprofit group Share Our strength to promote the Kid Kid Hungry nutrition program
An assistant & # 39; Bed-In & # 39; with a flashy outfit shows the sign of peace outside the City Hall
That was then: John Lennon and Yoko Ono relax in their hotel suite in Toronto on May 26, 1969, during a "bed in peace"
The series of "huddled" that the famous couple organized around the world in the spring and summer of 1969 was a form of peaceful protest against the war in Vietnam.
During Thursday's event, Ono, 85, Starr, 78, and Bridges, 68, climbed into a large white bed, surrounded by a crowd of children and dignitaries who hailed them.
"It's an amazing day for me to finally go to bed with Yoko," joked Starr, sporting a totally black outfit and his signature sunglasses.
Ono, lying next to his late husband's band mate, smiled and said: "I think maybe John is listening to us. Give peace a chance … just remember that we are creating the world. "
Ono and Starr have been friends for many years. When the renowned musician was awarded the knighthood by Queen Elizabeth II for his "services to music" earlier this year, Lennon's widow sent a warm tweet congratulating him.
After listening to the famous trio, a band performed "Imagine" by Lennon, during which the mayor of Blasio showed the sign of peace while holding Ono's hand.
Bridges joined the festivities as the national spokesperson for the nonprofit group. We share our strength to promote the No Kid Hungry child nutrition program.
Creativity on wheels: the event marked the return of the John Lennon Educational Tour Bus: a mobile production facility that provides creative experiences for students
Poetic: This young student read a poem he wrote called & # 39; Cookie Oreo & # 39; about his experiences as a biracial person