City of Albany hosts annual Downtown Street Festival


(ALBANY, Ga)- The City of Albany hosted the 19th Annual Downtown Street Festival, Saturday on Pine Avenue. Originally  named as the city’s Mardi Gras, the festival still brought out plenty of locals and businesses.

The festival also served as a celebration for the growth the city has had over the last few years.

One street fair volunteer said to the crowd, “We got a lot going on in downtown Albany, it’s changed a lot, when we started this thing 19 years ago, the first year we did it, we did over on the 100 block of Broad.”

One of the new additions to the Downtown Street Festival was the inclusion of local brewer, Pretoria Fields.

The people who run the brewery say that being a part of an event like this helps get local brands out there for those who came down to Albany for the weekend.

Brewery Tap Manager, Collin Cooper tells us, “A lot of people who are in town that maybe don’t know about us or these vendors, so they actually have a chance to experience these local cuisines or crafts or arts that the people of this town are actually doing and running businesses of their own.

It wasn’t just local business owners who got the spotlight Saturday.

The Albany Humane Society had a few of the dogs they have up for adoption on display in a pet parade, and volunteers even brought them around Pine Avenue with leashes saying, “Adopt me.”

Humane Society Director, Diane Bentley says, “We’re here to promote our animals, trying to find them homes. That’s our goal: to find a home for all these pets.”

While a chance of rain might have stopped some people from coming out to Pine Avenue, it didn’t stop the festival from happening or bringing out the best in local businesses.

According to the Albany Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, the festival was expected to bring in around 20,000 people Saturday.