Willy Street Fair 2014 Pics & Vids

37th annual Fair bathed in sun and good cheer

The Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.

The Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.

It was a cloudy start to Sunday but even Mother Nature sensed today was special and the sun emerged as the Willy Street Fair Parade prepared to launch. As it circled through the nine block route in the Marquette neighborhood, the phalanx of fun proved to be one of the largest by way of participants.

Three marching bands at the beginning, middle and end, punctuated appearances by the familiar: stilt walkers, Hoopelation, the circus wheel and the Forward Marching Band; along with new entrants like the Madison Circus Space and the Mustache Beard Wearers Union: Local 608.

Down on Willy Street the thoroughfare filled quickly as temperatures in the middle 60s and possibly a late-afternoon Green Bay Packer kickoff brought people out early. Over 150 vendors filled the curb spaces and the larger presence was notable. The food offerings were diverse and plentiful but the retail booths did not break much new ground.

The many music stages catered to various interests and were popular. As part of the World Music Festival this weekend, many groups made a stop at the Fair. Sunday was Latin Music day and a strong lineup kept the mood light and free. The day came to a swinging conclusion as Madisalsa played almost a two-hour set. The popular local salsa band even helped keep the audience updated on the score of the Packer game.

Ending the day at the Kids Stage was Take The King, a group of high school students (Charles Donovan, Van Tetzner, Galen Austin, Jens Shager) that showed some promising talent, playing their self-described version of Post-Hardcore, Hard Rock, Post-Grunge, Punk Rock loud and strong. The group even garnered an encore from a large gathering of supporters. See below for pictures of King as well as other pictures and videos of many of the sights and sounds of the 2014 Willy Street Fair

Willy Street Fair 2014 - Parade

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The Bubble Mobile creates a late summer snow storm of bubbles during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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One of the better costumes during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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Creative geniuses from Sector 67 show off their inventions during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The ubiquitous talking trout kept begging for worms during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Bubble Mobile during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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It's always for the kids love a parade.
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State Representative Chris Taylor during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Mad Rollin' Dolls during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The famous Ground Zero robot float during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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By far the best costume during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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Fierce natural food advocates flailed kale about during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The men with the finest follicles during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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Parade watchers await the arrival of the marchers as they make their way down the homestretch during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The most dynamic costume goes to this wicked witch who rode about on her bicycle while cackling maniacally during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Lindberger Princesses left a pungent taste in the mouths of all who approached during the Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair Parade, September 14, 2014.
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The dancing gorilla makes an appearance during each parade, marching with Hoopelation.

 

Willy Street Fair 2014 - Sunday

Scenes from the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.

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The Willy Street Fair balloon arch painted by the waning summer sun at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Looking West from the 900 block during the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Looking East from the 900 block during the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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An animated crowd moves to the infectious rhythms of Madisalsa at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Salsa is king as attendees dance to Madisalsa at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Madisalsa during the final performance of the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Dancers sway to day's final act, Madisalsa at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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This young man had all the moves at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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This dancer shows her Packer spirit while dancing to Madisalsa. The game was close this day and the band leader periodically announced the score to the crowd at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Madisalsa at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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One of the Madisalsa vocalists at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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A Pig in a Fur Coat Executive Chef Dan Bonanno serving sandwiches in front of his restaurant at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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A blown glass artists shows his skills in front of Fat Pinky Glass at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Over $200 prizes were awarded during the annual raffle to benefit Common Wealth Development and Wil-Mar Center at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Carnival-style street artists and performers have been the rock of this festival in its 37 years.
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Members of Take The King, a hard rock band made up of area high schoolers are the final act at the Kids Stage at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Fans of Take The King show their support at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Take The King members discuss what song to play as an encore at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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A Pig in a Fur Coat Owner Bonne Arent prepares sandwiches at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Vendor booths ran the gamut at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Peace is a long running theme at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Cupcakes!
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While few reports exist of the quality of the food, the visual of this food cart was a favorite on social media sites at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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The Underground Stage between acts at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Golpe Tierra performs on the Main Stage at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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The Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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It is the last Fair for Take Five Owner Vasilis Kallias, he plans to return to Greece in the coming months.
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The Folk Stage is always well-attended at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Own Mays performs at the Folk Stage at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Mayoral Candidate Bridget Maniaci greets potential supporters at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Members of the Hash House Harriers Running Club act as volunteer servers at a beer station at the Willy Street Fair, September 14, 2014.
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Residents own Willy Street always make a day of it, opening their lawns to friends and strangers.

 

 

 

 

 

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