Festival Season

There’s one thing that anyone who lives in Lowell, MA looks forward too during the summer months, well two things, but they are both festivals. Festivals here are a big deal as we tend to have more than any other city I can care to think of. During winter it is Winter Fest but during summer it’s Folk Fest & the Southeast Asian Water Festival that takes dominant roles.

The Folk Festival is up for and if you have been livinghere long enough to go you know that downtown Lowell becomes a zoo of no parking, thousands of people, equal amounts of vendors selling novelties and hundreds of food carts from all over the place! That’s the best thing really – a taste of all the nations in one place, I think this is why people come back year after year.

I made my way down there this year with my camera in tow in hopes it wouldn’t rain out like it did last year. Mother nature was kind enough to allow for such a beautiful day for a festival.

Welcome to Lowell

Welcome to Lowell

I came hungry as it is the best way to come to these things and not to mention eating little at all the vendors you can muster! Foods from native southeast Asian countries to the Middle East all the way to Greek and Puerto Rico was on hand. Many things to taste and savor – only one mouth and an empty stomach to do it on.

Food Stand Galore

Food Stand Galore

I love food. Any kind from any where in any form. If it’s homemade it is that much better and all of these here were truly homemade. The men, women and children behind the grills, cash register, plastic displays were all happy, cheerful and albeit really glad they can share their piece of culture with people through food, the universal language I think.

This festival is more than just food, it is also about people. Displays were around just showcasing different culture, arts and anything pertaining to their way of living.

Hand Made

Hand Made

Like this gentlemen here whom is literally carving wood with nothing more than a mallet and chisel. It’s arts like these that are lost in such a modern and fast paced world. It takes a person of greatness to appreciate the hard work in past art forms.

It was quite hot that day – hotter but not crazy like the last heat wave. Only way to cool down is with a cold, ice cold, chilling to your bones, beverage. Folk Festival was in no short supply of such:

FRESH SQUEEZED 'NADE!

FRESH SQUEEZED ‘NADE!

Hand Squeezed

Hand Squeezed

Novelty Drink Cups

Novelty Drink Cups

Bit of Paradise

Bit of Paradise

Overall my hours spent walking around and just taking in the sights, sounds and especially smell was well spent. I never really got to enjoy this particular festival like I should considering I live here but I am glad I did. So did these others:

Worth the Wait

Worth the Wait

The lines usually for the food carts. Long. Hot. Worth it.

Free Prizes!

Free Prizes!

One person hit the Win All pie. I was impressed. Not so much the line that led to it though.

Parrot

Parrot

Any good food vendor would have a very bright and colorful mascot. Brasil did not disappoint!

All the Way Up. All the Way Down.

All the Way Up. All the Way Down.

A measure of how much of a man you are. To my amazement a few women, boys and girls got into the mix, often time outshining the more masculine of males.

Sun Dresses

Sun Dresses

Ready?

Ready?

These two became my favorite shots of the day. Colorful and all unknowing that someone captured a moment of their day, their happiness, their carefree attitude.

Take a Seat

Take a Seat

Too much walking can tire you out. Here take a seat in this park and enjoy the day. Slow things down.

That was my introduction of the Folk Festival for you. Next up is the Southeast Asian Water Festival where there will be more food! Go out and check out a festival in or near your town soon! It’ll surely be worth it!

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