Saturday, December 9, 2023

Newburgh Illuminated Festival Draws 60,000 Attendees

The annual Newburgh Illuminated Festival on Saturday drew an estimated 60,000 attendees throughout the day, according to event organizers.

The festival was held from 12:00pm to 10:00pm in the downtown portion of the City of Newburgh, centered at the intersection of Broadway and Liberty Street. The annual event celebrates the diversity and dynamism in the river city with a day of music, art, dance, poetry, food, and more. It was the brainchild of former Newburgh Mayor Judy Kennedy.

Five stages for outdoor live music and performances were placed along the Broadway and Liberty Street corridors. The entertainment featured a wide selection of the area’s top live music acts.

In addition, the streets were lined with over 125 vendors consisting of the Hudson Valley’s top food, craft, and informational services. Children’s activities, historical tours, and interactive art exhibitions were also held. The day was capped off with a classic car show and fashion shows featuring Hudson Valley designers.

The historic Washington’s Headquarters hosted carnival games, face paintings, prizes, and more.

The City of Newburgh Police and Fire Departments were also out in full force participating in the event.

“The sun was shining and the smiles were out,” the Newburgh Illuminated organization wrote in a public statement.

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