So, we think we finally understand this whole street-scrubbing ceremony that always heralds the beginning of Albany’s annual Tulip Fest—and wonder if there’s a similar procedure for the human sinus cavity. See, flowers, lovely as they are, produce pollen—lots of it. So it’s only fitting that those little Dutch children should clean up that flower residue, like a shot of Claritin to the pavement, before we can properly enjoy ourselves.
This year’s celebration features all the standard stuff: the crowning of the Tulip Queen, the Mother of the Year award, Zumba!, KidsZone stuff, a green market, dogs swimming in the Moses fountain, and, of course, a ton of great music. National headliners this year include the Silversun Pickups (pictured), the Features, Royal Teeth and buh-buh-buh Bennie and the Jets, an Elton John tribute band. Local performers include Eastbound Jesus, MaryLeigh, Olivia Quillio, the Dylan Perrillo Orchestra, Annie and the Hedonists, Bryan Thomas, Rick Rourke and Lost Wages, the Mendelssohn Club and Tor and the Fjords.
Tulip Fest comes to Albany’s Washington Park on Saturday and Sunday (May 11-12) at noon, with opening events starting at 11:30 AM on Friday (May 10). Admission is free. Check pages 22 and 23 of this issue for more info.