Life was good for thousands of reasons Saturday afternoon as the crowds spilled into Syracuse’s Clinton Square.
The sun was shining, and the temperature one the AXA/Equitable Tower peeking through the nearer buildings read an oh-so-pleasant 64º F.
Crawfish Festival pulsed with people of all sizes and ages and colors, this first of a series of downtown fests that fill this concrete rectangle that’s taken up by the dancing waters of a fountain on warm-weather weekdays, a Farmers Market on Tuesdays and an outdoor ice rink from Thanksgiving to just shy of St. Patrick’s Day.
There was food, sold by vendors to pay homage to the New Orleans, or sold to fill the bellies of local Central New Yorkers. The lines were long for all stands except the hot dog place while we were there, but my dear wife Karen and I were not in a barking mood. Neither did we feel like standing a hundred deep for shrimp or the bright red title muddy bottom-feeder or the jambalaya and red beans.
We chose the meatballs in a heel by local favorite Columbus Bakery, were we love to get their fresh bread to go with the pasta and sauce Karen whips up at home. Three meatballs liberally doused with a tasty red sauce were served on thick, crusty hunk of fresh break. Bravo.
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There was music, and rock band Soul Risin’ was pumping it out proudly while we were walking and eating. A nice portion of the crowd was taking the time to pay attention, too, and not just the little kids taking delight in romping around in front of the stage, either. Serious music lovers appreciated Soul Risin’s 90-minute set, including originals.
Or course, there were adult beverages available to make the warm day even more pleasant if one so chose to go that route.
There was that beanbag toss game with the name I don’t dig available to be played if that’s your thing.
And all of it raised money for the charitable Central New York operation, Operation Northern Comfort.
Here’s the link to my story about last year’s Crawfish Festival.
Have you ever eaten crawfish, the bite-and-suck red shellfish, and if so, do you like it? What festival are you looking forward to where you live? Which photo is your favorite, and why?