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Musical acts, parade marks Suwanee Day

Entertainment festival on Saturday

POSTED: September 19, 2013 1:00 a.m.

For the 30th time, the North Georgia community will celebrate Suwanee Day, which is part art and part music/entertainment festival.

Suwanee’s annual “celebration of community” will be Saturday, Sept. 21, at Town Center Park. Festivities include a parade, festival food, inflatable rides, free Fastball concert and fireworks.

The parade will start at 9 a.m., but participants will march along a different route this year. The parade will begin on Main Street at Stonecypher Road, head north to Suwanee Dam, turn south on Buford Highway, pass in front of Town Center Park and end at Chicago Avenue.

The Suwanee Day entertainment line-up includes creatures that slither and fly as well as sing and dance. Irish and belly dancers, bands playing rhythm and blues and traditional island music will be among those performing on the main stage. Western Trails and a reptile wagon will entertain the children.

The day’s festivities will close with a free concert by Fastball, interactive dance performance and fireworks display. Fastball will take the stage at 8:15 p.m.

Formed in Austin, Texas, Fastball skyrocketed up the Billboard music charts in 1998 with its second album, All the Pain Money Can Buy. The album went platinum in six months and hits included “The Way,” “Out of My Head,” and “Fire Escape.” The Grammy-nominated alternative rock band released its latest single, “Love Comes in Waves,” earlier this year.

“We like to say that Suwanee Day is the best one-day festival around,” said events manager Amy Doherty, noting this year’s celebration is a Southeastern Tourism Society Top 20 event. “We pack an awful lot into 13 hours.”


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