22nd Annual Lowell Folk Festival
Contact: Phil Lupsiewicz, 978-275-1705
22nd Lowell Folk Festival
The Festival and the city of Lowell welcomed tens of
thousands of visitors from Friday evening through Sunday, July 25 – 27. Twenty-five
traditional performance groups provided music and more at six stages. From Jamaican
ska to polka, audiences clapped their hands and kicked up their feet while
enjoying the diverse offerings. The handiwork of fifteen New England
craftspeople was showcased along
Performance venues, street activities, the crafts demonstrations, and juried art exhibition areas all highlighted the preserved character of historic downtown Lowell. Cultural organizations from the Lowell area provided the unique taste of the Lowell Folk Festival through the ethnic food sales made available throughout the festival. Polish, Greek, Lao, African-American and many more menus were offered.
The “Price-less” Parade, named in recognition of longtime parade master and current Superintendent at Cape Cod National Seashore, George Price who recently handed off his umbrella and duties as the parade leader. Lowell’s Mayor, Bud Caulfield, graciously accepted the umbrella and led the Festival kick-off parade on Friday. Dynasty Carnival, a high energy Boston-based carnival band, charged audiences with their bright brilliant costumes and percussive beat.
Additional ranger support was provided by Boston NHP, Minute Man NHP and Salem Maritime NHS for crowd and visitor safety.
For more information about this year’s Festival lineup, visit: www.lowellfolkfestival.org.
For a sample of press coverage of the Lowell Folk Festival visit: www.lowellsun.com/ci_10020443?IADID=Search-www.lowellsun.com-www.lowellsun.com, and
Did You Know?
There are 5.6 miles of canals at Lowell National Historical Park. The canals channeled the Merrimack River's 32 foot drop to Lowell's mills providing power for the mill machinery.