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Old West End Festival kicks off after a 2 year hiatus

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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – After a two-year pause due to the pandemic, The Old West End Festival kicked off its first night at the Agnes Reynolds Jackson Arbetorium.

“We’re excited to be back, everyone was just itching to get back to the festival. It’s the best event in the neighborhood each year, and not having it for two years we really missed it. And we’re excited to be back,” said Dan Finkle, the Public Relations Chair for the event.

” Normally festival starts Saturday morning, and it still does. But what we decided to do was open up the festival one night early, at a limited location,” said Finkle. “Here tonight we have food trucks, we have the beer trucks, and we’ve got music live entertainment. So everyone is just going to be partying until 10.”

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Old West End Festival returns in full for 49th celebration

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TOLEDO, Ohio – Prepare for the parade! A popular celebration of a vibrant and historic Toledo neighborhood is returning after a two-year hiatus.

The 49th Annual Historic Old West End Festival is set to kick off in June with all of the fun of the past, but bigger and better this year.

New for 2022, the festival is expanding to include Glenwood Park as another location featuring food, entertainment and children’s activities.

If you’re new to the Old West End Festival, you’re in for a treat.

The King Wamba Carnival Parade is on! The 113th Anniversary parade kicks off the weekend at 10 a.m. on Saturday, June 4, and begins at Glenwood Park.

The parade pays homage to the 1909 King Wamba Carnival in Toledo.

It’s a tradition that features participants from across the Midwest to create a feast for the eyes with art, cars, floats, performance art and musical presentations. The grand event includes the crowning of this year’s king and queen, Andrew Newby and Kristin Kiser, during a coronation ceremony on the Art Fair Stage.

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