Lowell Folk Festival in Lowell, Massachusetts

Lowell Folk Festival begins July 23, 2010.

The 2010 Lowell Folk Festival will kick off on July 23rd with a new tradition – a parade in downtown Lowell, Massachusetts. Likewise, a parade will also help usher in the evening festivities on Saturday, July 24th. The public is invited to cheer on the parade participants downtown.

The City of Lowell will be hosting a flag-raising with many of the City’s community-based cultural and ethnic organizations at 6:00 pm on Friday, July 23, just before the parade. Join over 20 of these groups as they raise their countries’ flags at JFK Plaza at the intersection of Merrimack Street and Arcand Drive. The conclusion of the flag-raising program will lead directly into the start of the Festival’s Friday night kick off parade.

Join with the R&B and brass band sounds of the Glen David Andrews Band of Louisiana as they raise the roof for this year’s Lowell Folk Festival parades. A young magnetic performer, Andrews has been described as the current torchbearer of the New Orleans music tradition. Glen David Andrews and his band will lead parades on Friday and Saturday evening, gathering nearby City Hall each evening. City of Lowell Mayor Edward “Bud” Caulfield will once again step off with the two parades showcasing the Festival umbrella.

2010 Lowell Folk Festival Parade Route Information

Friday Night Kickoff, July 23th
At 6:40 the parade will be gathering Lowell City Hall at the close of the flag-raising.

Saturday Night, July 24th
At 7:10 the parade will be gathering at the Ladd & Whitney Monument at the intersection of Merrimack and Dutton Streets with Arcand Drive.

Stepping off from these central locations the parades will both:

  • Proceed down Merrimack Street in the “wrong” direction for traffic, and then
  • Turn LEFT onto Kirk Street to the end where it will continue
  • RIGHT onto French Street and to Boarding House Park and closeout at the evening stage there.