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Lights, camera, fashion: It’s Christmas time at the Garabedian House

marilyn Monroe, Michael Jackson, Liberace, Cinderella and Cher -- the Garabedian family has dressed all these iconic greats, and more. Not in the flesh, but in fiberglass. Each Christmas, for the last 45 years, the Garabedians have put on a much beloved, larger-than-life display at their residence on Pelham Parkway North, in the Bronx. Filled with cherubs, fresh flowers, mannequins, cartoon figurines, and stage lights on a red-carpet stage lined in pink trim and surrounded by a ten-foot-tall chain link fence, the grandiose spectacle is part wax museum, part theater, in its excessive zeal and appeal. This time of year, the Garabedian house is no small miracle, but a divine sight to behold, and a slice of camp and artistry found only in New York City. Every nook and cranny of the corner lawn has been adorned by the Christmas spirit. Its greenery and backyard swimming pool have been temporarily covered and transformed into a red-carpet stage (custom built and equipped with electric outlets, twirling platforms, chandeliers, and at least five security cameras that keep crowds at a safe viewing distance).

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