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Troy Victorian Stroll 2012 photos

Troy Victorian Stroll balloon man

And the balloon man was there again.

It was fun walking around the Victorian Stroll in Troy Sunday. Lots of strollers (both types), people in Victoriana, street performers, decorated windows.

One of the good things about the stroll is the way it highlights downtown Troy's assets -- the walkable, compact grid; the beautiful architecture; the interesting shop spaces.

Here are a bunch of photos from the afternoon...

Photos are in large format above -- please scroll all the way up.


MMMMMMM...that's some good STROLLIN'

Y'know, someone in charge of the Stroll should go buy a First Night button this year, so they can get an idea of how to create a program that's actually helpful and easy to use. If it's 2 p.m. and you're at the Stroll, what is there to do? Gosh knows -- you've got to schlog through pages of text, scrutinizing each entry to try to find times, then try to figure out where each thing is actually happening (and how to get there from where you are). By the time you figure out something to see and where it is and walk there, it's probably over.

Ahhh, the Victorian Stroll; Troy's annual salute to the 1 % of yesteryear. How come nobody seems to remember that the 19th Century was full of the miserably poor as well as the robber barons? Apparently people have forgotten their Charles Dickens. Seriously.

KB- My suggestion to them is to take a page out of the Troy Night Out handbook and have a concise map with a listing of events. Maybe a couple of strategic large signs at street corners... I agree with what you said and add to it that using their website to find events is unnecessarily cumbersome.

And Terrance- does your Debbie Downer attitude extend to the Saratoga Victorian Stroll, as well, or is that just reserved for Troy? I would love to hear your views on the plight of the migrant worker as I'm trying to eat a salad...

Annnnyway, Little B and her sisters are looking fierce in their outfits on the 9th picture down. I wish I was half as cool as an adult as those kids are now.

Terrence- in my hastiness to defend what I find to be a delightful Trojan event, I overlooked a phenomenal business opportunity and for that I apologize. What say you and I dress up like Dickensian street urchins next year and attempt to pickpocket as many people as possible. People will think it's part of the event and if someone catches us redhanded, we'll just start singing "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two" to charm/confuse the pants off of them.

I was the milkmaid in our junior high production of Oliver and, with that theatrical training under my belt, I think we can pull this off.

@Terrence, some consider Troy, NY to be one of the best preserved specimens of Victorian era architecture. I'd like to thank yesteryear's 1% for building such a beautiful city for today's 99% to live in.

I do remember a group of filthy street urchins at the Troy stroll a few years ago. I think they were even chanting about workers' rights. It was a kind of awesome counterpoint. So there, Terrence.

In past years, I always thought the presence of the charismatic and gentle Patrick Sisti [RIP] in the role of Saint Nicholas was one the best highlights of the Troy Victorian Stroll. His absence will always be conspicuous to me.

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