A few pictures of the 2014 East End Street Fest #EESF @eastendstfest

It’s amazing how much improvement the East End has seen in the last ten years.   I won’t get into how this area was before because it’s a sensitive subject for those who have lived there, but I’ll just say that in the 90’s and 2000’s, there was absolutely no way I would be taking the scenic route through the East End en route to U of H.  I first heard of the Esplande at Navigation almost exactly a year ago and made a point of going there to photograph it one night.  It was easy to see this would be a fun place.

Today was actually the 2nd annual East End Street Fest so I must have dropped the ball on it last year but I thought better late than never.  Here are a few pictures:

Pretty good size crowd
East End Fest 2014

Kids were standing in line to take their picture in the police helicopter which allegedly is able to get off the ground.
East End Fest 2014

The Sheriff’s department had their mobile observation tower (or whatever it’s called) in action. Don’t worry, the power lines were quite a distance away:
East End Fest 2014

And then I saw Aztec Taxcayolotl performing and knew that the rest of my pictures were going to be of these guys.
East End Fest 2014

Their dances were fast, upbeat, and colorful and I thought the best way to capture that was to use a very slow shutter speed to show the motion and since the crowd was not moving, they would more or less be in focus. Not sure if it worked, but I like the colors.
East End Fest 2014

The crowd favorite was the participation portion where the dances were a little bit slower, but even more fun:

East End Fest 2014

Then things got a bit faster
East End Fest 2014

This sort of reminds me of Greek dancing even though the two cultures were a world apart
East End Fest 2014

East End Fest 2014

East End Fest 2014

The bands were great too. Here is Zenteno Spirit on stage
East End Fest 2014

Overall, there is no doubt that the East End is the next hot spot in Houston.

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