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Rain put a damper on BIA’s Sidewalk Party

by Sylene Argent

Although the rain, and excessive heat, ultimately put a damper on the Essex Centre BIA’s Fun Fest Street Party, which followed the parade on Saturday afternoon, area residents and shoppers did get to enjoy the many large inflatable balloon characters set up along Talbot Street, live music from “The All Nighters-when the music never ends,” and visit local shops for deals during the annual sidewalk sale extravaganza for a little while.

  Between rain showers, residents flocked out to the Talbot Street commercial businesses to check out sales, and while they did, many youngsters squealed in delight as they got to get up close, and get pictures with, some of their favourite character images – in giant inflatable balloon form. A large beaver and Mountie characters were also selected for the event in recognition of Canada Day, which was celebrated earlier in the week.

  The Essex Centre BIA is already working away to plan its next two upcoming events. The Essex Dream Cruise In will be hosted with the Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village on the afternoon of Friday, August 2, and the Fall in Love with Our Local Street Party will be held on the afternoon of Friday, September 27. Both events will take place downtown Essex Centre.

  Visit to learn more about upcoming events.   


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