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Take it to the street with the fifth annual Belfast Street Party

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Take it to the street with the fifth annual Belfast Street Party image courtesy Belfast Creative Coalition

BELFAST Generally you might not be accustomed to partying on a Monday night. It might feel wrong, even. But move over weekend - for the fifth year in a row, Belfast is turning the week on its head. The fifth annual Belfast Street Party is taking it to the street Monday, Aug. 5 from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. There will be music, food and rides, including a climbing wall and an animatronic safari ride.

The street party, put on by Our Town Belfast, is sponsored by the City of Belfast, Front Street Shipyard and Camden National Bank. Our Town Belfast is putting on the event as part of their program to bring entertainment and culture to the city. The organization supports community sustainability following the guidelines of the National Main Street Four-Point Approach: organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. Due to their efforts, they have been recognized as a Maine Downtown Network Community and earned a Main Street Maine designation for Belfast in 2011.

Many great attractions are hitting the street this year. Camden National Bank is bringing back their safari rides for the second year in a row. People will have the opportunity to ride a full-sized animatronic tiger and polar bear. Additionally, tarot card readers, caricature artists, bounce houses and games will line the street. Most activities are provided free of charge, but there are some ticketed events. For the adventure climbing attraction, a 24-foot wall, tickets will sell at a dollar a piece.

Besides the plethora of fun and games, a live set-list of musicians will keep the air full of good sounds and rhythms. To start, the Breakers Jazz performed between 5 and 6 p.m. A highly-anticipated set by the popular University of Maine Machias Ukulele Club will perform 6 to 7 p.m. They boast a repertoire of 1,300-plus songs from rock and roll to jazz to the traditional and obscure. Don Nickerson and Country Mist take the stage from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Following them is Courtney Porter and Company: Soul Train Dance Party Breakdown leading the party with a choreographed dance set from 8:30 to 9. Finally, the Catcha Vibe reggae band featuring Fitzie Niceness will take over for the rest of the evening. The line-up features many impressive musicians who call Maine home. The set promises to be danceworthy and runs 9 to 11 p.m.

As with any major street party, great food will be plentiful. In addition to a selection of classic fair-style food, Our Town Belfast will be selling popcorn and cotton candy.

The party starts at High Street (by the traffic light) and stretches to MacLeod Furniture. Admission is free and donations are accepted. Donations and proceeds from the adventure climbing attractions, popcorn and cotton candy go towards assisting Our Town Belfast in continuing its revitalization efforts and to keep the party coming back year after year. For more information, visit www.ourtownbelfast.org, or call (207) 323-9100. Like Our Town Belfast on Facebook.

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