By Liz Thorne
August 10th, 2013
Details of the third annual Balloonapalooza Festival slated for next weekend have been announced.
North America’s only cold air balloon festival attracted over 35,000 people last year and expects even greater attendance this time around with its exciting new attractions.
Because of grants received from the Province of Ontario through Celebrate Ontario, Balloonapalooza will be adding several new components.
“Nouveau Circus” is a street circus performance presented by Sky Society, and taking place at the intersection of Chatham Street and Ouellette Avenue both nights from 7:30pm to 9:30pm. Featuring aerial performances such as trapeze, lyra (aerial hoop), and hammock acts, Nouveau Circus includes stage and strolling performers such as stilt walkers, jugglers, fire spinners, contortionists, acro-partner balancing and more.
3D Projection Mapping is best explained in the words of Nick Shields, Director, Suede Productions who says, “Imagine taking a 100 year-old building and changing its shape and surface so that it comes alive in ways that are both thought provoking and exciting for everyone watching; that’s 3D projection mapping and that’s what we are going to do to the Armouries.” The 3D projection mapping takes place both nights, every half-hour starting at 9:30pm and running through to 11:00pm.
Other highlights include numerous vendors on Pitt Street; mini express electric train; 14 live outdoor music performances; midway rides, games and concessions; Art Alley on Maiden Lane featuring local artists and crafters; and the Monster Mural – a giant colouring wall sponsored by The Children’s House Montessori.
Balloonapalooza helps define downtown Windsor as an exciting, family-friendly destination,” said Larry Horwitz, Chairman of the DWBIA. “The festival acts as an economic stimulus for many of our merchants and as a tourism driver for downtown too.”