The DFA 2006


Sidewalk Art

Originally uploaded by Parallel Johnny.

Sunday closed the 20th annual Detroit Festival of the Arts.

This festival is my childhood. My parents would bring me every year. I would make arts and crafts in the children’s area, watch WSU students demonstrate their fencing skill and watch marionettes dance on stage.

I love walking through the children’s area still and watching the kids have such a fun time. Now no longer a child, I also enjoy the art displays.

My favorite Detroit Blues Diva, Thornetta Davis and her band performed at the Metro Times Stage on Saturday. It was a great crowd. Everyone was dancing and having a great time. Before the second song started, she pointed over to me and said, “This one’s for that gentleman over there.”

So that was my highlight. How about everyone else? Who attended? What were your highlights of the festival?

3 Comments so far

  1. Tom (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 12:18 pm

    I live in on Cass and could see most of the festival out of my window ( and hear most of the music in my apartment). I thought the festival was fun, but not nearly as large as the Ann Arbor or East Lansing art fairs.

    Sunday appeared to be the busiest day.

    You should have seen how quickly the workers took everything apart. The festival ended around 9ish. By 1am everything was gone, clean, and traffic was restored on Cass.


  2. baliad (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    it was fine, but like tom said, it was small(er)… they did take everything down rather quickly… while the festival ended at 9, they were already taking things down at 8…


  3. Tom (unregistered) on June 12th, 2006 @ 1:02 pm

    Also, I’d like to note that the police/security presence at the art fair was insane. Usually, on any given night I will see one or two WSU police cars patroling the neighborhood. During the fair there were cops on every corner and patroling the neighborhood like crazy.



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