Cold beer, 80’s cover bands, and a pet parade… What a way to start the 2009 Festival Season in Chicago. The season kicks off this evening, May 15th, at Mayfest located at the corner of Ashland and Barry. The festivities begin at 5 p.m. and continue until Sunday at 10 p.m.
One of the many attractions at Chicago summer festivals are the awesome cover bands. Feature at this year’s Mayfest will be many Chicago favorites. Playing tonight at 7 p.m. is 80’s cover band Hairbangers Ball. Tomorrow at 5 p.m. will be hip-hop cover band Too White Crew followed by 16 Candles, another 80’s cover band, at 8 p.m. The festival will end Sunday night with a performance by Mike and Joe at 8 p.m. Mike and Joe cover popular bands from the 90’s to the present.
While Mayfest has all of the expected festival goodies (local culinary treats, beer, shopping, and art), the festival also features a Pet Parade with awards for “Best Looking”, “Largest” and my personal favorite “Owner Look-A-Like”. If you want to enter your own pet in the Pet Parade, registration is at 11 a.m. on Sunday morning and the parade begins at noon.
Here are some pictures from the Pet Parage 2004 courtsey of Fuzzyco.com.
Start the summer off right and help kick off Festival Season 2009!