Open Streets Windsor made a triumphant return on Sunday, with thousands of people enjoying eight kilometres of city streets temporarily free of automobiles.
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.
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.
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.”
Open Streets Windsor returns Oct. 17
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