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Photos: Open Streets Windsor 2021

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Open Streets Windsor made a triumphant return on Sunday, with thousands of people enjoying eight kilometres of city streets temporarily free of automobiles.

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Although the annual municipally-organized occasion was cancelled last year due to COVID-19 precautions, the 2021 edition proved Open Streets Windsor is as popular as ever among local pedestrians, cyclists, skateboarders, rollerbladers, scooter enthusiasts, dog walkers, and many others.

“It’s such a great event,” said Maciejka Gorzelnick, who set up a Halloween-themed photo area at the west end activity hub.

“It feels good. Especially now, after everybody was locked down for so long. We finally get to go out and enjoy the community.”

Sunday’s event space stretched from Sandwich Street to Drouillard Road, along which eight activity hubs offered performers, musical acts, vendors of arts and crafts, games, sports, information tables, and much more.

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Chantal Borland, a student of Erikka Johnson’s Starlight Aerial Co., performs in downtown Windsor during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dalson Chen /Windsor Star

Visitors to the intersection of Ouellette and University Avenue were thrilled by the suspended feats of girls from Starlight Aerial Co., accompanied by the jazz sounds of the Coffee House Combo.

Wyandotte Street East featured multiple rock acts, such as The 519 Band and Leave Those Kids Alone — a classic rock group with teenage members.

Passersby on Riverside Drive West encountered cultural dances and displays by representatives of Windsor’s ethnic communities, courtesy of the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County.

Dancers of Windsor's Chinese-Canadian community perform on Riverside Drive West during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
Dancers of Windsor’s Chinese-Canadian community perform on Riverside Drive West during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dalson Chen /Windsor Star

Sandwich Street kept the party going with costumed heroes and members of the Windsor Circus Community.

“I could really get used to being out in the street without worrying about traffic,” Gorzelnick enthused. “We’ve got a few hours.”

Cyclists pass by an air dancer on Sandwich Street during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
Cyclists pass by an air dancer on Sandwich Street during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dalson Chen /Windsor Star
A performer from the Windsor Circus Community entertains at the west end activity hub on Sandwich Street during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
A performer from the Windsor Circus Community entertains at the west end activity hub on Sandwich Street during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
A performer from the Windsor Circus Community entertains at the west end activity hub on Sandwich Street during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
A performer from the Windsor Circus Community entertains at the west end activity hub on Sandwich Street during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
Kerri Kavanaugh, Sydney Kelly, and Maciejka Gorzelnik show off their costumes at the west end activity hub of Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
Kerri Kavanaugh, Sydney Kelly, and Maciejka Gorzelnik show off their costumes at the west end activity hub of Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dalson Chen /Windsor Star
Karlene Nielsen of ProsperUs rollerskates on Riverside Drive West during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
Karlene Nielsen of ProsperUs rollerskates on Riverside Drive West during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dalson Chen /Windsor Star
The Coffee House Combo performs in downtown Windsor during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
The Coffee House Combo performs in downtown Windsor during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dalson Chen /Windsor Star
Windsor Spitfires mascots play hockey on Wyandotte Street East during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
Windsor Spitfires mascots play hockey on Wyandotte Street East during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
The 519 Band performs on Wyandotte Street East during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
The 519 Band performs on Wyandotte Street East during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
A cyclist dressed as Santa rides on Wyandotte Street East during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
A cyclist dressed as Santa rides on Wyandotte Street East during Open Streets Windsor 2021. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star
An Open Streets Windsor sign. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021.
An Open Streets Windsor sign. Photographed Oct. 17, 2021. Photo by Dalson Chen /Windsor Star
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