Albany’s LarkFest Latest Covid Casualty
The hits keep coming in 2020 and while this one doesn't come as surprise to anyone, a long running tradition for one of Albany's most interesting and colorful streets has been canceled.
According to CBS 6 News, this is only the second time since it's inception back in 1981 that LarkFest has been canceled. According to the report, Patrick Noonan, Chairman of the Lark Street BID was obviously upset having to reveal the news saying, "While we are saddened to not be able to host the event this year, our biggest priority is the safety and well-being of our community. "
The annual Lark Street festival, held in the middle of September, is usually jam packed from one end of Lark Street the other. It's a huge boom to all the local businesses as tens of thousands of people normally come to the center square festival to listen to live music, eat, drink, shop and people watch.
According to CBS 6 News, the only other time the festival had to be canceled was after the 9/11 tragedy in September of 2001.
The Lark Street BID also shared the news on their Facebook page adding that they sadly were forced to cancel LarkFest due to the pandemic. The BID added that they are in the process of planning some creative way to stimulate the economy in and around the Lark St. community this Fall and Winter.