Halloween is a very American holiday, and lots of people dress up for it. From the morning, kindergarten children with their teachers walking the streets, to the later parade of masks, some very special and a little "macabre." The parade I saw was on Fifth Avenue, at the top of Chelsea, when I was cross 20 and 23rd. This is unusual in my country.
It's great to celebrate as Halloween approaches and during the two weeks of Oktoberfest. Enormous pumpkins are everywhere, a great atmosphere and great decor in every house in the city. Nobody can escape the "Celebrations" in this city.
Rodeo is an integral part of the image and history of Texas. During my visit in March, a kind of agriculture festival was being held in Houston which included a rodeo competition. There were three different events that I was able to see: rodeo, bull-riding and barrel racing. The festival ended with a country concert, of course.
It has become a tradition to go to the 4 Disney parks, pick up the timetables and make a plan that will enable you to see as many parades as possible. The parade is different in each park, and in the Animal Kingdom it has a safari theme. Besides having dancing models of wild animals and many of the Disney characters who live in the jungle, the classic characters are dressed in safari gear. The show is a good chance to rest briefly before continuing to the other attractions.
New Orleans is a party town, with the most famous celebration being Mardi Gras, of course. But the celebrations don't stop there: soon it's time for St Patrick's Day, the internationally-celebrated Irish holiday. Expect it to be lively! Colorful beads are thrown, and processions parade through the streets, where hundreds of costumed people throw gifts to the public. What an atmosphere!
In mid-November in Orlando, the Moroccan Cultural Festival takes place. , A whole array of aromas, flavors and colors, and an attempt to promote Moroccan culture through samples of crafts, music and food. It also features dance shows, photography exhibitions, conferences, etc ...
The Coventry Farmers’ Market is the largest farmers’ market in Connecticut. It takes place every Sunday from 11 am until 2 pm from June through October, and is held at the Nathan Hale Homestead. The Coventry Farmers’ Market is one of the best ways to spend a Sunday in Connecticut. The market offers fresh produce, local meat, eggs, specialty products, pickled vegetables, and jams so you can do your shopping for the week. Spend a whole day at the market by enjoying amazing meals or snacks from food trucks, locally roasted coffee from booths, and dance to the free live music. Arrive early as the parking lot fills up very quickly.
Every year for ten days the people of New Braunfels celebrate Wurstfest, a sausage festival in Landa Park, beside the Comal River. Everyone comes, from children to the elderly, to pay tribute to their German roots. It's a festive environment with traditional Bavarian costumes and ridiculous party hats. While the festival is officially celebrating sausages, the beer is the real star here, sold in bulk quantities. Entrance is $10, American beer is $5, and German beer is $7.
I attended the 30 year anniversary of the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah this year, 2014.
The energy felt throughout the festival was contagious! Whether you were walking down Main Street, stopping in at pub for refreshments or riding the shuttle to the next movie or back to your hotel for a quick rest; you were always surrounded by people who loved the arts. People from all around the world gathered together to share their creations with other artists or those who went to watch the movies.
I came home so inspired, I started writing again, as well as putting together a portfolio of my photography. The Egyptian Theater and everything around it up and down Main Street brought life back into my mind and heart.
In 1912, the Mayor Yukio Ozaki from Toyko, Japan gave Washington DC 3,000 cherry blossom trees which celebrated the friendship between the United States and Japan. Today an annual celebration is held in the spring when the trees are blooming all over the Nation's Capital. I went for the first time last year and since I had just come back from being in Japan, I got a lot out of it.
It is literally like stepping into Japan in the middle of Washington! From the crowds of people, to the food, to the souvenirs. Every booth was full of products from Japan. Products that we had just bought in the country itself, so that goes to show how authentic it really is! There are several stages set up around the street that the festival is housed. We watched everything from sword handling competitions, to ancient traditional Japanese dance, to modern day Japanese martial arts/dance. Everyone is smiling and enjoying themselves with all the food and cultural influences on the street.
The festival actually lasts several days (about 16). There are paddle boat events, art shows, tea events, and Japanese kite workshops throughout the weeks. And then on the main day there is a parade in the morning with the ceremonial festival continuing after. It is worth spending a week at the nations capital to see the long festival along with other sites in DC. I spent the last few days at the festival and saw a lot of DC as well as many cherry blossoms. It makes for a very joyous spring!
Funnel Cakes! Corn on the Cob! Fresh Squeezed Lemonade! Live Music, Dancing, Arcade games, and picnics...
For a true AMERICAN experience, nothing says "America" like a summer festival! Music, food, and the outdoors. Rib Fest in Naperville, Illinois (a suburb of Chicago that can be reached by the Metra train for downtown Chicago) is held every summer around the 4th of July. Every July 4th, Americans around the country celebrate independence and freedom with BBQ and Fireworks. Rib Fest invites the best and most delicious vendors that they can find to bring the Chicagoans a diverse arrangement of BBQ.
Last 4th of July I celebrated the holiday with my boyfriend here. It was both of our first times attending the fest, and we wanted our fill of BBQ. We were determined to find our favorite ribs! Now be warned...there is an entrance fee and a cost of the food. It does get a little pricey, but the food is well worth it!
With a mega freshly squeezed lemonade in one hand sweating down my wrist and balancing an assortment of ribs on a flimsy paper plate in the other, I quickly find a patch of grass to nest in for awhile while I devoured my meal. We found our favorites, and after went over to the picnic tables by the band to listen and dance before the fireworks started. There is so much to taste, see, and do. And if you are new to Chicago, this is a great experience to see the famed Midwest!
Every year, on Labor Day Weekend (the long weekend including the first Monday in September) the fairgrounds in rural Woodstock, Connecticut transform from empty field to all-American celebration of agriculture, country music, carnival rides, junk food, and all-around wholesome entertainment.
The fair, which has its roots in the early 19th century, is one of many that pop up across the state as summer turns to fall. Crowds converge on the small town of Woodstock in Connecticut’s peaceful “Quiet Corner” to take in displays of prize-winning livestock and antique farming equipment, to watch live music on two stages, and to consume fried dough and lemonade. There are also barns full of baby animals, tractor and ox pulls, and rows of vendors selling everything from scented candles to straw cowboy hats.
Bristol, RI boasts the oldest continuously observed Fourth of July celebration in America; it began in 1785. That would just be a bit of trivia, were it not for the way this small Rhode Island town goes all out in honor of the nation’s independence.
Walk or drive through Bristol in the weeks leading up to the 4th and you’ll quickly see that the town is awash in red, white, and blue. Block after block of houses, businesses, lampposts, and lawns are draped in banners, bunting, ribbons, and flags. This makes for a remarkably charming and all-American backdrop. (It doesn't hurt that the historic town is pretty darn cute even without all that patriotic decoration.)
In addition to the Military, Civic and Firemen's Parade, which follows a red, white, and blue stripe through the streets of Bristol, there are other festivities like a carnival on the town common, a ball, and a free concert series. And the visitor who has traveled the longest distance to be there wins a prize.