This Sunday past, Princeton held its forty-seventh Communiversity Arts Festival. This is one of the largest and longest running street festivals in the USA. I arrived fairly early and watched with interest as those involved prepared for their big day.
A large section of Nassau and Witherspoon Streets were closed to traffic around 11 am and stalls and stages began to appear with remarkable alacrity. Soon the entire area was thronged with people and the festivities got quickly underway.
Here are some of my impressions of the day.
This was the scene around 11.30. The crowds had not yet arrived.
Parts of the University were being utilised too. This is the lawn in front of Nassau Hall.
The guy in the white tux cracked me up.
Members of the medical profession were, of course, in attendance.
I wasn’t the only one recording the event for posterity.
Apparently, the tiny woman wearing a microphone on her nose is the Mayor of Princeton.
Princeton a capella groups were performing under the arches.
After a day of near perfect weather, the sky began to turn ominous and a chilly wind kicked up. This was only at the very end, however, and failed to dampen most peoples’ enjoyment of a pretty great festival.
All images are my own.