Saturday, December 27, 2008

Holiday: Bellevue's Celebration Lane

Two revelers on stilts passed out kazoos to the crowds at Bellevue, Washington's Celebration Lane on 27-December-2008

BELLEVUE, WASHINGTON - Since 2005, the Seattle suburb of Bellevue, Washington has been host to an interesting night-time holiday performance. At 7 pm sharp, a group of drummers has marched to a designated area along Bellevue Way near NE 8th Street to perform along with a set of classic holiday songs. Called Snowflake Lane, the event was put together by the "Bellevue Collection" of developer Kemper Freeman Junior which includes the well-known Bellevue Square as well as the Bellevue Place and Lincoln Square complexes and has run from the day after Thanksgiving to Christmas.

Soap-sud snow, rather than real snow, fell on Bellevue's Celebration Lane along Bellevue Way on 27-December-2008

Since 2006, the show has continued through New Year's Eve under the name "Celebration Lane," trading the traditional holiday songs in for a rock and roll retrospective of the history of Bellevue and New Year's themed music. Upon arrival along the sidewalk in Bellevue, Washington tonight, disposable kazoos were being passed out to foster the New Year's theme.

A drummer performed during the Celebration Lane show in Bellevue, Washington on 27-December-2008

This year's Celebration Lane performance featured Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock" from the 1950's, the Beatles' "Twist and Shout" from the 1960's, the Jackson 5's "ABC" from the 1970's, Kenny Loggins' "Footloose" from the 1980's, Ricky Martin's "Living La Vida Loca" form the 1990's, and Pink's "Get This Party Started" from the last decade before transitioning to New Year's tunes.

Snowflakes were projected on the side of Crate and Barrel store during a patriotic moment of Celebration Lane on 27-December-2008

The Celebration Lane performances continue each evening at 7 pm through December 31st along Bellevue Way near NE 8th Street in downtown Bellevue.

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