Hamra Street Festival 2010

What a better welcome to the neighborhood than a three day street festival leaving Hamra Street blissfully car free! I’ve been looking forward to this event since I arrived in Beirut two and a half weeks ago and saw the posters advertising the event plastered all over the neighborhood.

Yesterday kicked off the festival weekend with a parade followed by fireworks. Here are some of the highlights of the parade.

A very quiet and clean Hamra Street just before the start of the parade.

just before the parade

The Lebanon chapter of Harley Davidson made a strong showing and promoted a message of safety first.

wear a helmet, stupid

harleys all in a row

There were clown cheerleaders,

clown cheerleaders

zaffeh dancers,

zaffeh

historic costumes,

tantour headress

and a color guard (I read somewhere they were scouts?).

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And of course what would the parade have been without Miss Lebanon herself?

miss lebanon

The spectators all seemed to be enjoying themselves.

enjoying the parade

spectators

The evening ended with a fireworks display over Hamra.

fireworks over hamra street buildings

enjoying the fireworks

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the weekend has in store!

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3 Comments on “Hamra Street Festival 2010

  1. Pingback: More bloggers blog about Hamra | The Unofficial Hamra Street Festival Blog

  2. Girl, your photos are SUPERB! Welcome to the neighborhood! I live in Hamra too.. 🙂 You are going to LOVE it here..if you have any questions don’t hesitate to contact me..but for now, keep on shooting..WOW WOW WOW! 🙂 Can’t wait to see more of your stuff!

  3. These are some excellent pictures! I wish I had the chance to see the harley show from its beginning. I love the safety card. 🙂
    A late welcome to Lebanon 😀

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