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Boulevardia fans like it hot

Beer, music and heat at Boulevardia

Boulevardia, a two-day “urban street festival,” now in its fourth year, attracted tens of thousands of people to the West Bottoms area of Kansas City Saturday, despite temperatures around 90 degrees.
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Boulevardia, a two-day “urban street festival,” now in its fourth year, attracted tens of thousands of people to the West Bottoms area of Kansas City Saturday, despite temperatures around 90 degrees.

Boulevardia happens on Father’s Day weekend, rain or shine.

But its fans just seem to love their festival steamy. Despite temperatures around 90 degrees, about 40,000 to 50,000 people were expected to attend the two day event, which has seen attendance grow by about 5,000 people each year since it was founded four years ago.

This year it was held in the Stockyards District of the West Bottoms so businesses such as Rockstar Burgers, Stockyards Brewing Co. and Amigoni Urban Winery were in its boundaries. Along with a usual Ferris wheel, this year it added the Rock Star ride with a “flying” platform attached to a swinging arm that looks like the neck of a guitar.

Boulevardia executive director Keli O’Neill Wenzel said the “urban street festival” celebrates all things Kansas City.

So it included local bands (along with regional and national acts), food by local restaurants and beer from local craft breweries, cooking demonstrations and food samplings, and more than 30 artists selling specialty foods, jewelry, soap and other skin products.

Despite the heat, its first aid center mostly handed out Band-Aids for blistered feet. Boulevardia had complimentary water stations on the grounds to help keep ticket holders hydrated.

Joyce Smith: 816-234-4692, @JoyceKC

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