Willy Street Fair 2012 – Sunday

Fantastic parade kicks off great final day at the Fair

The parade ends with a impromptu street party, the Bubbleman himself, Jim Wildeman can’t help but grin.

I heard it from several people over and over again that the 2012 Willy Street Fair was probably the best in a long time, if not ever. The weather, enthusiasm, and proud traditions combined for a second day as thousands appeared on three blocks of Willy Street to take in music, food, entertainment, and a large amount of vendors.

Almost everyone was raving about the parade, led by the Bubblemobile, that was lively and the probably the largest ever. After the parade had made a lap through the neighborhood it was time for the stretch run down Willy and its traditional finish in the middle of the 900 block; where both parade participants and viewers danced under the balloon banner for an extended period of time.

Willy Street Fair 2012 - Parade

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The stiltwalkers prepare to march in the Willy Street Fair Parade.
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The Forward Marching Band warms up.
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Bubbleman Jim Wildeman is ready to lead the parade.
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Free mammograms!
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Ground Zero Coffee proprietor Lindsey Lee (Center) pulls the Ground Zero float while "The Nation" columnist John Nichols (behind right) helps out.
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RP Pasta's float is always a creative one.
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A truck full of drummers provided an infectious beat throughout the parade.
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The street erupts in dance, as drummers swing their sticks around, the stiltwalkers twirl, and people all around dance to the beat.
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The party continues in place in the middle of Willy Street after the parade ends.
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Jim Wildeman applauds the end of a fantastic parade.

By noon, all three blocks were filled with people yet it was still easy to move about. A moderate breeze kept temperatures right where they needed to be. Various vendors were lined elbow to elbow for nearly the entire three block stretch of the fair which hasn’t been see in quite a while. The musical acts were well attended and an incredibly diverse Fair audience was seen enjoying the event.

It has been while since I have attended almost every hour of the Fair; but at the end of Sunday I was still down on Willy Street, trying to extend the fun a few more minutes in the fading light. We have two galleries and a few videos that probably best illuminate what has been a incredible final weekend of summer.

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After the parade, the bubble hoops and trays are given over to anyone who wants to create bubble art.
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The Black Star Drumline kicked off the Sunday performances on the Main Stage.
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The Madgadders Bassists looks great, plays great.
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Reflections on a great Willy Street Fair.
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A panoramic view as the sun sets on the Willy Street Fair.
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The Folk Stage was a popular venue.
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Antonio Testolin demonstrates Argentine Tango.
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The Underground Stage.
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Madison Mayor Paul Soglin takes in the Willy Street Fair.
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The end of a long day.
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Willy Street Fair fashions are an unofficial part of the yearly tradition.
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6th District Alder Marsha Rummel
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The Madgadders perform at the Kid's Stage.
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Willy Street Fair fashions are an unofficial part of the yearly tradition.
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A family relaxes in Willy Street Park.
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The Folk Stage was a popular venue.
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San Francisco's Lyrics Born brings the Fair to a close in raucous and exuberant fashion.
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The crowd at the Main Stage dance and shout to Lyrics Born.

 

 

 

 

Related: See what happened on Saturday (9/15) at the Fair

Related: A look back at how the Willy Street Fair used to be

Related: See photos from Bill Scanlon

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4 thoughts on “Willy Street Fair 2012 – Sunday

  1. I would love to feature some of your photos from the Willy St. Fair in our next issue of the Wil-Mar Gazette. If you are interested, please send me an e-mail. Thanks!

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