The 78th Annual National Folk Festival in Salisbury was held this weekend despite the rain. And, local officials said they were pleased with this first for the city. Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush has some of the sights and sounds that celebrated the traditions of the Eastern Shore.
Friday night the Tremé Brass Band got a great party started in Salisbury, Maryland. But don’t just take my word for it. Festival goer Lori Carter described the opening parade this way: “The music! The sound! The excitement, the people just enjoying themselves. And the band, the Tremé Band was just fabulous. And the dancer was awesome. It was a beautiful thing to see, everyone just coming together, and just walking down the street of North Division, just having a ball, a great time. The great American community we are!”
There is still time to get to the National Folk Festival.
Despite the heavy downpours earlier in the day the crowds came out on Saturday to enjoy the music and especially the dancing. If you go to the Perdue Dance Pavilion and don’t know the dances they are doing, they will teach you. Yesterday, festival goers were learning old style Appalachian square dancing at the dance pavilion at the National Folk Festival. Mack Samples was doing the calling with the Bing Brothers Band featuring Jake Krack.