Story and photos by Garth Snow.
The Canal Days festival continues through Saturday, June 10, in downtown New Haven. Schnelker Park hosts entertainment, community food and vendor booths. Broadway holds a midway complete with games, rides and carnival food favorites.
Arts and crafts booths will be open from 4-9 p.m. Friday and noon-9 p.m. Saturday.
Burton Brothers Midway Rides will open at 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
The Rain Kings will perform on the main stage Friday evening.
Saturday features the festival parade. The first units will step off from New Haven United Methodist Church at 11 a.m. and head east on Park Avenue to Emanuel Lutheran Church at Green Street.
The city’s singers, instrumentalists, jugglers and dancers will take the stage for the New Haven’s Got Talent contest later that afternoon.
Saturday evening’s live entertainment features singer Hannah Schaeffer at 6:30 p.m. followed by GMA Dove Award winner Aaron Shust at 8 p.m.
On Thursday, Parks Superintendent Mike Clendenen presented a proclamation signed by Mayor Terry McDonald. The mayor proclaimed June 8 as Janice Dyson Day. The honoree founded the Janice Dyson Dance Studio 65 years ago. Several age groups from the studio performed on the main stage Thursday.