42nd Annual Old West End Festival

. April 26, 2013.

Celebrate the transition to summer with a colorful street festival through one of Toledo’s most historic and beautiful neighborhoods. The 42nd Old West End Festival showcases local art, music, food and the residents preserving the scenic neighborhood. There will be many family oriented activities, most importantly the 103rd Anniversary King Wamba Carnival Parade — aka “The Mardi Gras of the North” — where any individual or group is welcome to join the hodgepodge of characters in the procession and witness the crowning of this year’s King & Queen. This year there will be prizes for festival floats, including: most creative, best overall and more. Other official activities include house tours, a juried art fair, live music, food vendors, yard sales, an antique car show and a beer garden. Unofficial activities include front yard BBQ’s and front porch people-watching. Advance registration for the parade is required. Visit the website for more information on how to register for the parade and full schedule of activities. 9:30am, parade registration; 10am start. Festival goes all day Saturday & Sunday. Free. www.toledooldwestend.com—GMK