Joseph Uwanawich...King of the Gypsies...is dead.The 72-year-old gypsy leader died Saturday (2 February) in a?
Exterior of funeral home in Brooklyn
Floral wreath with "KING" written on it
CU Sign "KING"
CU Horse's head
MS Statues zoom in to sign "Joe Uwanawich"
U 5 faces, one lighting pipe
MS Woman dancing
CU Violin playing zoom back to young girl dancing
Sign "To our king from the boys"
Brooklyn funeral parlour; floral displays; faces of gypsy women, orchestra and women dancing and finally the coffin of Uwanawich.
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Background: Joseph Uwanawich...King of the Gypsies...is dead.The 72-year-old gypsy leader died Saturday (2 February) in a New York City hospital.
Hundreds of gypsies from all corners of the United States gathered Wednesday (6 February) in Brooklyn for their monarch's funeral.
Uwanawich was a well-known figure around New York City...and a frequent visitor to race tracks in the metropolitan area.One of hundreds of floral displays at the Brooklyn funeral parlour where Uwanawich lay in state was a huge horse...sent in memory of his love of the "Sport of Kings." The tribute came from his subjects..who call themselves, simply, "the boys".
The last respects to Uwanawich were paid with light-hearted gaiety.While a gypsy orchestra played lively melodies..gaily costumed women danced and men watched and drank beer.The festive atmosphere is not customary at gypsy funerals..but it was the wish of Uwanawich.
Uwanawich left two sons..but gypsy princes do not necessarily succeed their fathers.Normally, a king is elected.