ColorPalooza delights despite dampening rain

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Despite some rain, the City of Lewisville pulled off a successful first-annual ColorPalooza event last Saturday, April 9, in Old Town. The family-friendly outdoor art festival, which was scheduled from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., was shut down early at 2:30 p.m. when storms moved into the area.

Lewisville spokesman James Kunke said that even though the rain dampened attendance, the city conservatively estimates the turnout at 2,500 people, which was higher than the Chalk This Way events the city has hosted in the past.

“We know that at the food vendors and at the activities, there were lines, but not terribly long lines— 8-10 people normally, and that’s a good thing,” said Kunke. “That means that there was good traffic.”

The City of Lewisville seized the opportunity this year to expand the event formerly known as Chalk This Way into a festival utilizing the newly constructed Wayne Ferguson Park, bringing in live music and performances, food vendors, and hands-on art opportunities for children and families.

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The Free Loaders play swing, blues, and jazz on the Main Stage in Ferguson Plaza. (Photo by Steve Southwell)

The front of Lewisville City Hall was used as a stage for performances from groups like Alma y Corazón Tejano Ballet Folklórico, which performed traditional Mexican dances. The Tribal Traditions Dance Troupe also performed Native American dances in front of delighted crowds.

An Eco-Alley, with booths from local environment-oriented organizations and companies such as LLELA, Keep Lewisville Beautiful, Waste Management, and the Denton County Master Gardener Association was also held below the front steps of City Hall. Guests were treated to demonstrations and information about what the groups and companies had to offer.

On the soft grass lawn of Wayne Ferguson Park, crowds grooved to the sounds of live bands “A Taste of Herb,” a Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass tribute band, and The Free Loaders, a 6-piece jazz and blues band. Havana NRG, a Latin band, was scheduled to play at 2:30, but was cancelled due to the rain.

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