Thousands Withstand Rain to Celebrate 23rd Annual Westcott Street Cultural Fair

review by Julia Wolfe

Despite the torrential downpour that swept the Syracuse streets this past Sunday, this year’s Westcott Street Cultural Fair lit up with a vibrancy and energy that could outlast any inclement weather. With over 30 acts performing on six different stages across Westcott Street, thousands of visitors got the chance to celebrate their cultural roots with acts ranging from Ivory Coast inspired drumming to tribal fusion belly dance.

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The festival features over 100 artist tents, with a range of shopping in addition to Westcott Street’s most trusted food vendors. Free classes were also available during the entirety of the festival, where visitors of all ages can learn yoga, belly dance, and drumming. In case you’d rather watch the pros, you can always mosey over to the Wacheva Multicultural tent, where you can witness their Drumming and Dance studio perform Flamenco, Salsa, and African Dance routines.

With the addition of the Golisano Children’s Hospital Kids’ Stage (and a plethora of puppies!), this festival has a friendly, family-oriented vibe. But don’t fret fellow millennials- the ongoing concert series engages audiences of all ages, especially for funk lovers. If you consider James Brown and Wild Cherry your scene, dancing in the pouring rain to the Blacklites as they perform on the WAER Main Stage is an unforgettable experience. With an energetic stage presence and howling 12-piece band, there was no way you could stand still during their performance.

For anyone who wants to stay in the loop for next year’s event, follow the Westcott Street Cultural Fair on their website, Facebook, and Twitter.