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More than 10,000 people may gather today in New York's Prospect Park to celebrate what would have been the 51st birthday of the late pop star Michael Jackson at a "block party" organized by filmmaker Spike Lee.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms predicted by the National Weather Service won't stop the event, Lee's company said.

The event will be a "Brooklyn-style block party," Lee told the Root, an online magazine of black American culture. "It's going to just be how we do it, Brooklyn style. I'll leave it at that. It's going to be a joyous, festive, celebratory party."

Lee paid $11,000 for a permit to hold the party, said Trish Bertuccio, a spokeswoman for the city's parks department, in an interview. The organizers have provided 50 portable toilets, she said.

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