• Gasparilla night parade. Ybor city,FL
  • Hi Jodie! We have a Pride Rally in my town, with a festival at the end of the route. It makes me feel so good and is a lot of fun!
  • I would have to go with my local street fair. Probably it's the traditions and customs that are different but yet relate to me.
  • Rodeo's and State fairs.
  • Feast of San Gennaro on Mullberry street in NYC
  • It's called Lights on the Bay....all the boaters decorate their boats (Christmas Time) and file through the bay and get judged on everything from "most lights" to "best scenery" etc....get some lawn chairs and hot chocolate and watch the show !
  • I love Oktober fest
  • We have a Holiday at Home parade and festival! Lots of food and unusual items for sale. Love it!!!!!!!!
  • The Philly Folk Fest is very cool...I love that. It's not IN Philly but more "out in the sticks." Great music, some excellent artists and craftspersons...really well made items to tempt one with...pretty good food. A bit pricey to get in ($40 or so last year...we couldn't go this year) but they have FREE parking AND a bus that takes you back and forth for free too...and a stamp so you can go home, feed your animals and just come back and get in!
  • Sunfest in London Ontario, every July. It's a giant cultural festival in downtown London with music, foods and different products from all over the world. It attracts all different kinds of people, and it's free!
  • I'd have to say my local St. Paddy's Day festival in Five Points. Here's me and my two sisters at this year's festival and a large time was had by all! (don't mind the bald-headed man -- he was shining our shoes!)
  • the gay pride parade in Vancouver is very large and a lot of fun.
  • Popcorn Fest in Indiana
  • For me, Montreal's International Jazz Festival is tied with Montreal's "Just For Laughs" Comedy Festival.
  • mardi gras :)
  • I really like the Festival International in Lafayette, Louisiana. Here are links to many more festivals in Louisiana and for the rest of the U.S. I suggest picking a festival or fair and Goggling it to find out more specifics on when it takes place and what you can expect to see. I've been to a lot of the ones in Louisiana and many of them are outstanding. Baton Rouge Fest For All is one example of a good one. There is music from all genres and it's free.
  • Stromness shopping week, Stromness, Orkney Islands, Scotland it is a week long orgy of drinking, silly cometitions and music
  • The yearly UCLA/L.A. Times Book Festival..the grounds of UCLA are transformed into a wonderland of vendors..books, author signings, is a two-day smorgasbord of so many things to do and see that even if you are there from opening to closing both days you cannot see/do all there is available..the worst thing is that you have to make choices because so many lectures or panels are going on simultaneously..when my son attended UCLA we volunteered for a few years and got our T-Shirts that indicated we were there to help the visitors, answer questions, direct them to the venues they were seeking...we had a lot of fun! :)
  • Speaking of Louisiana festivals, I've gone to the Red River Revel up in Shreveport every year for as long as I can remember. It's one of the things that made me saddest about moving. It had such a great vibe to it, with the funnel cakes and cheesecake-on-a-stick and the immense heat and all of the little shops. Also, my parents have gone to the Louisiana Peach Festival since the 60s. Our house is covered in old posters. It's a really cool thing.
  • I am a sucker for festivals and will go to all of them. Greek, Irish, arts, crafts, bizarre bazaars and bazaar bizzares. That's my idea of a good time! I did see the other side of a festival when my family's restaurant participated in the Italian festival. We had a stand there, and it was a blast. I talked to so many people and worked my @ss off!!!! And then night came, and all these bands were playing, and people were everywhere, and this coworker of mine and I shared a bottle of red wine from behind the booth. Talk about the other side - it was so much fun. I worked nonstop that weekend but it didn't feel that way. Our booth was literally at the stairs of St. John's Church, which is where Patrick Henry gave his famous "Liberty or Death" speech. I think maybe my favorite is the VA State Fair. I love rides like that and the whole feel of the fair. I always end up freakishly winning prizes at the games, and I love watching the pigs race!
  • Ann Arbor Art Fair

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