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220,000 march to the beat of the street

<p>About 220,000 festivalgoers beat the heat during the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, according to organizers as the event wrapped up yesterday.</p>




Marc Bence/for metro edmonton


Shelly Switzer, artistic director of the Edmonton Street Performers’ Festival bids adieu yesterday on the final day of the festival at Churchill Square.





About 220,000 festivalgoers beat the heat during the Edmonton International Street Performers Festival, according to organizers as the event wrapped up yesterday.





Through this past weekend’s scorching temperatures and rainy weather as the free event kicked off July 6, Churchill Square saw large crowds daily — a turnout that excites artistic producer Shelley Switzer.





“It’s been a lot of fun and I know that we brought a lot of laughter into the city of Edmonton,” said Switzer.





“We go with the weather and the crowds and we tried to make it very fun for everyone.”





The festival featured street-performing acts from around the world and offered nightly group performances during its Troupe du Jour — a new addition to the 23-year-old event.





“This new addition was off the charts because it was so well received,” said Switzer.





“I had a fun time at the show and I know everyone else did.”





Switzer says organizers will begin planning for next summer’s festival, which could include some new additions.


 
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