ITHACA, N.Y. — Rain and mud couldn’t stop the 2018 Ithaca Festival from happening Friday night. People with umbrellas and ponchos, along with those who just decided to embrace the downpour sans both, lined both sides of North Cayuga Street to watch the festivities.

In this year’s parade, there were old and new favorite participants who personified the essence of Ithaca.

The festivities continue throughout the weekend with music, performers, food trucks, and craft vendors set up throughout downtown. Click here for the complete schedule of events. 

Here are photos from this year’s parade:

All photos by Jolene Almendarez/The Ithaca Voice

Jolene Almendarez

Jolene Almendarez is Managing Editor at The Ithaca Voice. She can be reached at; you can learn more about her at the links in the top right of this box.