Downtown Mamaroneck was filled with the smell of barbecue and bustling with activity as people came from across the county to the "friendly village" Sunday for the Harbor Fest street fair"There's no other community that does this," said Jennifer Graziano Mangano, co-chair of the event's organizaing committee. "We've opened up and welcomed everyone to this wonderful event."
Mamaroneck Avenue was cordoned off from traffic between Halstead Avenue and Boston Post Road. Tents lined the street all the way down to the harbor, where people could climb aboard a three-masted schooner and get up close and personal with some local sea creatures."We're here to provide environmental education about the Long Island Sound," said the boat's captain Justin Cathcart, who works with the non-profit organization SoundWaters based in Stamford, Conn.
Children chased around the Coast Guard's big-eyed, robotic toy boat Coastie and ran away when it squirted water from its bow.
"We use him to educate children about wearing life jackets," said Post Captain Ed Petrie of the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary, Flotilla 73, in Mamaroneck. "They just love him."Away from the water, festival-goers examined the wares of local artisans, listened to live music ranging from reggae to Elvis tributes and ate food of all kinds: pulled-pork sandwiches and Italian sausage, tandoori chicken, tostadas, sushi, shish kebab and more."I loved it all, the food and the bands," said New Rochelle resident Steven Leon, who came with his wife and daughter. "It's a wonderful experience."
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