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2011 17th Street Festival Photos: Did We See You There?

by Borderstan.com — September 26, 2011 at 6:25 pm 0

"Borderstan" "17th Street NW", Urban Neighborhood Alliance, 2011 17th Street Festival, Luis Gomez Photos

Click on the collage for photos from the 2011 17th Streets Festival. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Click on the collage above for the slideshow of the 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival on September 24. Did we see you at the Festival?

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos on Picplz (think Twitter for pics) or at One Photograph A Day. You can follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Kids, pets, artists, performers, a beer garden and several thousand neighbors could be found on 17th Street on Saturday — and none of them got wet. After several days of rainy day forecasts, the weather cooperated for the 2nd Annual 17th Street Festival on Saturday. Event organizers estimated that 10,000 people attended the Festival during the course of the afternoon (and quite a few dogs as well).

This year’s co-chairs were Stephen Rutgers and Lee Granados who organized a team of volunteers from the area: “The Urban Neighborhood Alliance along with Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets would like to thank all of our sponsors, city government officials and departments, community partners and residents for coming together to put on a successful event. The 17th Street Community showcased what makes it one of the top neighborhoods in the District and how working together can help bridge differences in the community. We look forward to growing the festival each year and making it a staple event in D.C. so thank you to everyone who came out and enjoyed the rainless day!”

The Festival was conceived as a way of celebrating the end of construction work on the 17th Streetscape project last summer. This year’s festival ran from P Street to Riggs Place and from R Street to Ross Elementary School (site of the very busy Kids’ Zone).

The Festival included 34 local artists, Dupont Circle area businesses, a Pet Zone, numerous kids’ activities in the Kids Zone, a beer garden at JR’s Bar and Grill and a live music stage with several performances throughout the afternoon. This year’s festival drew a total of 33 partners and sponsors from a variety of businesses and community organizations.

Among some of this year’s major sponsors, the Art Show was sponsored by the Dupont Circle Citizens Association while entertainment stage was sponsored by The Rutstein Group (acts were sponsored by Cobalt and Level One). Ross Elementary PTA and the DC Jewish Community Center were the Kids’ Zone sponsors. The Festival is organized by the Urban Neighborhood Alliance and this year the the Historic Dupont Circle Main Streets Program came aboard as a partner to help plan the event.

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