For those of you who were away from the Limestone City this past weekend, you missed a unique event that is already being called a highlight of the summer. The second annual Princess Street Promenade took place this past Saturday, attracting thousands local residents and tourists to the downtown core. Princess Street from Division to Ontario was transformed into a car-free, pedestrian-friendly festival, whereby local businesses and community organizations flooded the streets with fun-filled activities, racks of merchandise, live performances, and much, much more. Whether you wanted to shop, eat, be entertained, or simply walk down the middle of one of Kingston’s busiest streets, there was something for everyone. This week, we’re taking a look back on all the action, and asking the tough question:
The Princess Street Promenade incorporates many ideas from conversations we’ve been having here on Kingstonist including car-free days, free public transportation, and a renewed focus on the heart of the city of Kingston. Not only do I think the Promenade has proven its worth, but I strongly believe that it could become much more than a one-time per year event. Those who would argue against such a claim need only look at massive crowds, and the oustanding feedback, which clearly demonstrate the strong support for this grassroots event. If you missed the second Princess Street Promenade, rest assured you can relive the magic of our stroll up and down Princess Street via our YouTube channel and Flickr set.
What was your favorite aspect of this year’s Promenade? How often do you think Kingston should consider hosting such an event?