BELFAST — The streets of Belfast were flooded with music and revelers Monday night, as the seventh annual Belfast Street Party celebrated another successful event.
The event, which is hosted by Our Town Belfast, takes place the first Monday of every August, and draws hundreds of participants each year.
This year’s attractions included a bucking bronco ride, Bungee jump, bounce house, hamster ball course and climbing wall, to name a few. For those who worked up an appetite there were also plenty of options, from Whoopie pies and cotton candy, to fried dough and pizza by the slice. For adults who worked up a thirst, there was also a beer and wine area of the festivities.
This year’s expansion saw the event grow from its typical High Street location, to include part of Church Street. This section of the event, which remained open until 7 p.m., was specifically dedicated to children’s activities. For parents in the area, DJ Erik Klausmeyer provided a constant stream of classics.
Captain Obvious kicked off the evening’s live performances on High Street, followed by Mica Einhorn, 12, who sang the national anthem.
One especially memorable moment in the evening came when Mike Hurley called down from the rooftop of the Colonial Theatre, with the aid of a megaphone. Hurley informed a mostly attentive crowd it was time to gather for an attempt at “the biggest group photo ever,” between two downtown telephone poles.
Hurley, who has owned the theatre since 1995, gave the crowd tips on what areas had yet to be filled by the mass of swirling people. While the faces were too many to count, all were waiving when a handful of photographers took the massive group photo moments later.
D.J. Matt Bixby brought the evening to close, marking another successful street party, and perhaps, a new record.
Erica Thoms can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org