You really missed a great Saturday on Willy Street, parade today
While its the people that make the Willy Street Fair so great, the weather was a close second. With a temperature near eighty degrees, thousands came to Willy Street on Saturday (September 15) for Day One of the Fair. Food, drink, and music filled the 900 and 1000 blocks of Williamson Street. The Main, Folk, and Electronic stages were in action with day-long line ups.
Willy Street Fair 2012 - Saturday
As the sun sets the crowd sways to the music of St. Lucia-based Taj Weekes. Photo by: Thomas Balistreri[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs1.jpg]600
9:30 a.m., the first signs of the Willy Street Fair coming to life.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs2.jpg]600
Ready to serve the fairgoers.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs3.jpg]400
The Main Stage Starts to take shape.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs10.jpg]510
Looking west around 1:30 p.m. the street is already filled with people enjoying the late summer sun.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs11.jpg]410
On Saturday the Fair only used half of the 1000 block of Willy Street.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs14.jpg]310
A young child can't wait for her balloon.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs15.jpg]290
Graffiti artists were invited to paint a temporary permission wall. They say the hardest part is picking the colors.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs16.jpg]270
The finished product[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs16a.jpg]380
Beer sales are popular, and a major part of the fundraising that goes on during the Fair.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs18.jpg]410
A B-Boy breakdancing demonstration.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs19.jpg]360
Willy Street Beats was an afternoon of Electronic music, breakdancing, scratching, and Ableton workships, followed by two crazy sets by Nick Nice and John Aquaviva at Plan B later in the evening.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs20.jpg]250
A independent hand drum player beats along to the beats.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs21.jpg]380
Also part of Willy Street Beats in was a skateboarding demonstration in the parking lot of the Third Lake Ridge shopping center.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs22.jpg]390
Vasilli's Take Five was serving up Gyros and other Greek delights at a furious pace.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs24.jpg]320
Fat Pinky Glass shows how it makes its blown-glass art.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs26.jpg]190
Don't miss the Willy Street Fair Raffle. 150 prizes![img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs27.jpg]200
New York's Matuto plays "Brazillian Blue Grass".<br />[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs5.jpg]250
Willy Street Fashions.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs6.jpg]240
Willy Street Fashions.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs7.jpg]300
Capoeria dances along to Matuto.[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs8.jpg]200
A Pig in a Fur Coat, a new restaurant on the 900 block of Willy, does a brisk business in Porkbelly BLTs.<br />[img src=http://willystreetblog.com/wp/wp-content/flagallery/willy-street-fair-2012-saturday/thumbs/thumbs_wsfs9.jpg]250
A Green Party Candidate stumps for votes.
Today the 800 block of Willy will open to accommodate more stages including the Underground, Kids, and Culture stages. The Main and Folk stages will also have day-long line ups. If you are reading this before 11 a.m. there is still time to get to the Fair and see the famous Willy Street Fair parade. If you miss it, the Bubblemobile will be in the 900 block after the parade for the rest of the day.
A Capoeira demonstration by Raizes do Brasil
B-Boy breakdancing demonstration as part of the Willy Street Beast line-up at the Electronic stage.