ITHACA, N.Y. — The annual Ithaca Festival Parade was as exciting and weird as ever. Community members from dozens of local organizations paraded down North Cayuga Street for about two hours Thursday with music, costumes, fire — through a whole lot of rain.

The parade was the official kick-off for the Ithaca Festival, which is now underway in Downtown Ithaca. With the theme, “Full STEAM ahead,” the weekend will celebrate the best of Ithaca with performances, music, food, crafts, beverages, art and more.

Here’s your guide to the weekend’s festivities: Ithaca Festival 2019: 10 things to know

All photos by Ithaca Voice Reporter Devon Magliozzi.

Devon Magliozzi

Devon Magliozzi is a reporter for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at or 607-391-0328.