Belfast gets ready for 5th annual street party

Jun 26, 2014

Belfast's annual street party, now in its 5th year, is one of the largest in Maine.

“It’s kind of circus where the animals escape,” said Bre Bebb Our Town Belfast organizer. “Half of Maine waits for this party. The other half retreats to Canada.”

Belfast has always been known across the state for its colorful people, arts and events, but if there’s a Mardi Gras-like event of the North, this is likely it. The theme this year is “the sixties."

“Our Town Belfast," which stages the event, expect partiers in the many tens of hundreds. “Out of towners are already booking rooms,” Beb said.

A stage directly in front of Belfast City Hall will host live music headlined by an extended performance with the rocking Maine Country Music Hall of Fame legend Don Nickerson and Country Mist and others including a DJ and a big dance off with Courtney Porter and anyone who can dance. The streets will take on a carnival atmosphere with food, music, games, entertainments, feats of strength and skill, lots of activities for kids, and plenty of seats for everyone to relax and enjoy themselves.

“We like to think of it as somewhat wild and spontaneous,” Bre said, “but it’s actually set up and managed for all ages from 3 to 93 and families with lots to do and fun things for the kids.”

The event includes lots of surprises each year so nothing is ever just the same. The basic premise is simple: one long fun filled afternoon-evening that starts at 4 p.m. and goes until 10:30 p.m. sharp.

Restaurants and bars will be open and ready to provide all amenities.

The 5th Annual Belfast Street Party will be held Monday, Aug. 4, from 4 to 11 p.m. If there’s rain, it will be pushed up to the first following clear evening.

For more information, friend Our Town Belfast on Facebook, call 338-1975, or email mike@pilut.com

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