Downtown, everyone took to the streets


By Cynthia Price

This is the fourth year that street performers of all stripes (and polka dots, and tie-dye) have stood on Western Avenue to entertain the passersby.

This year there were more performers and an overwhelming buzz of happy visitors. People, also coming for Party in the Park, the Lakeshore Blues Festival and the Western Market chalets, which were open a couple of hours beyond their normal 6:00 closing, as well as the fun dining and liquid refreshments, seemed to be having a really great time.

That is consistent with the excitement around Muskegon that seems to increase on a monthly basis.

Jugglers, folk singers, break dancers, clowns, bands large and small, keyboard artists, bellydancers, barbershoppers, face painters, any number of balloon artists, and more came out to do their collective thing in the beautiful (though hot) weather – all for the tips that people generously put in their cups.

In past years, the event was part of the First Fridays series of Downtown Muskegon now, so it would repeat, but this year it was all concentrated on one night.