ITHACA, N.Y. — A few closed off streets on Ithaca’s Southside were a festival Sunday. As a New Orleans-style jazz band trumpeted around, it turned into the soundtrack of a fun afternoon as people of all ages walked, biked, roller skated and even unicycled along for Streets Alive!

Plain Street, from Clinton Street to Elmira Road, was packed with people instead of cars Sunday for the twice-yearly event. Children were everywhere rolling along, drawing with chalk, trying out double dutch and going through obstacle courses. There were live performances at Southside Community Center for the Latino Multicultural Festival.

The backstory: Walk and roll this weekend for Streets Alive!

The warm, sunny weather had people lined up for smoothies blended by bicycle, ice cream and lemonade.

In many places the streets turned into art, from scattered chalk drawings to a collaborative street painting project at Fair and South Titus streets.

Streets Alive! was also the launching point for a test curb bump-out on Plain Street to see if the intersection feels safer for bicyclists and pedestrians.

Check out a gallery of the festivities. All photos by Ithaca Voice Reporter Kelsey O’Connor.

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Kelsey O'Connor

Kelsey O'Connor is the managing editor for the Ithaca Voice. Questions? Story tips? Contact her at and follow her on Twitter @bykelseyoconnor.