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66th Annual Tulip Fest kicks off in Albany's Washington Park
ALBANY -- 66 years of an Albany tradition. Saturday, thousands came out to marvel at the over 100,000 tulips in Washington Park, for the 66th Annual Tulip Festival. Some came from near, others made a special trip.
"Without this why would people come around if you don't have things to do, events like this to go to," says Joe Bailey who came all the way from Kingston, NY.
Nancy Krandendonk and her husband strolled through the park, reminiscing of years past. 55 years ago, Nancy was on the court for Tulip Queen, and now decades later, she came to see a new queen be crowned for 2014.
"It's just different, more modern. In the old days it was a little more glamorous I think, but we had a really good time," she says.
This year's tulip fest is offering whole new varieties of flowers. One for example, is daffodils, they're typically not in bloom this time of year but because spring started so late they're on full display.
"We have daffodils blooming with tulips, which is kind of rare. We also have a new tulip that's pretty impressive, it's called ice cream and it has yet to make a showing it needs to get a little warmer, but hopefully today will do the trick," says city gardener, Jessica Morgan.
While each year showcases something different, the festival stays true to tradition. Based on the city of Albany's rich Dutch heritage, it's a sure sign Spring is officially here.
"I think that you cannot go anywhere in the city of Albany, probably in the region and ask someone what's going on this weekend and without them mentioning the tulip festival. It's our annual right of spring coming, it brings out the community from all different aspects and different corners and I think it's clearly incredibly important to our community," says Chairman Marcus Pryor.
The festival wraps up Sunday evening.