Crowds pack downtown Belfast during sixth annual Street Party
Belfast — Now in its sixth year, the annual Belfast Street Party packed High Street from the traffic light to MacLeod Furniture with food, fun and music for people of all ages.
The party, which was held Monday, Aug. 4, featured activities that focused on children and families, as well as food from local vendors, street performers, music and dancing.
Our Town Belfast Executive Director Bre Bebb said the police department estimated that at peak attendance, approximately 1,500 to 2,000 people attended the street party.
This year, event organizers moved the main stage to allow more space for dancing and the entertainment included local blues and rock and roll band Captain Obvious, as well as Don Nickerson and Country Mist and DJ Matt Bixby.
"The music is a really big part of what make it [street party] a success," Bebb said. "It's just so great to see the community up and dancing."
In an effort to continue to grow the event, Bebb said Our Town Belfast offered bracelets for $5 each for children 10-year-old and younger to allow them to have unlimited access to fan-favorite activities such as the bounce house.
Bebb said the street party this year also featured a Zumba instructor who was hired by Our Town Belfast through a wellness initiative grant.
"We do this to provide a community service," Bebb said of the annual street party.
When asked if there was any consideration of potentially expanding beyond High Street, Bebb acknowledged the event has grown over its six years, but said much of the appeal is shutting down a busy street in the city to host the party.
In addition to a number of vendors and activities offered, Bebb said non-profit groups had a large presence at the event this year.
Maine Farmland Trust and the Belfast Farmers' Market also offered activities that highlighted local farms and foods.
The party was held with support from sponsors that included the City of Belfast, Belfast Co-op, Bangor Savings Bank, Camden National Bank, Coyote Moon and Dutch Chevrolet. Bebb said more than 60 volunteers also devoted their time to helping with the street party.