Church Street Festival arrives at new Crosby Center

By Ethan Andrews | Oct 09, 2017
Photo by: Ethan Andrews Playhouse Theater Director Mary Weaver gives instructions before the start of the 38th annual Church Street Festival parade, Oct. 7.

Belfast — The annual Church Street Festival has hurt in recent years for a lack of attendants, but the event, now in its 38th year, got a boost Oct. 7 as the new Crosby Center got in on the action.

Young actors from the Playhouse Theater, their parents and other participants in the parade never were in short supply, and this year they turned out reliably, digging through Playhouse Director Mary Weaver's barn for costumes. This year's theme, Digital Realities, manifested in cardboard emoji masks, complementing the parade's usual flamboyance.

Where in past years the parade ended ambiguously in front of the police station, this year it found a soft landing at the new Crosby Center, with a DJ, a bounce house, cakewalk, sidewalk mandala and a wide lawn for enjoying the fall weather.

Church Street Festival parade participants line up in the driveway of festival organizer Mary Weaver, Oct. 7. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
A pick-up percussion band assembles before the start of the Church Street Festival parade, Oct. 7. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
The Church Street Festival parade on Oct. 7 circles in front of the former Crosby High School, which recently reopened as the Crosby Center. (Photo by: Ethan Andrews)
Comments (1)
Posted by: Bradley Williams | Oct 09, 2017 12:42

If you're attacked by a gang of evil clowns, go for the juggler....

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