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Harlem to celebrate Oliver Hardy at annual festival Saturday

Posted: October 2, 2012 - 11:03pm
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Members of the Thomson Shrine Club put on a show for spectators during the 2011 Oliver Hardy Festival parade.  File Photo
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Members of the Thomson Shrine Club put on a show for spectators during the 2011 Oliver Hardy Festival parade.

Harlem is inviting all Laurel and Hardy fans to the city Saturday to celebrate the more rotund half of the comedic duo.

The 24th annual Oliver Hardy Festival begins with opening ceremonies at 9 a.m. and a parade through downtown Harlem at 10 a.m. The parade begins on Milledgeville Road at Starling Funeral Home and continues onto Louisville Road to West Forrest Street to Harlem Middle School.

“Hopefully we’ll have great weather,” said Robin Root, a volunteer event organizer.

The festival, which drew about 30,000 people in 2011, features Laurel and Hardy movies played at the Laurel and Hardy Museum of Harlem.

“The museum is a popular attraction, definitely,” Root said.

The family-friendly festival will include look-a-like contests, Laurel and Hardy skits and children’s rides and games. The festival is free and no pets will be allowed.

Two stages, one in front of City Hall and one near the former Harlem Department of Public Safety, will feature a variety of live entertainment including Atlanta’s Sol Junkie at 2 p.m.

Most food vendors will be located in food courts near City Hall and the former Columbia Theatre.

The festival ends about 5 p.m.

IF YOU GO

What: 24th annual Oliver Hardy Festival

When: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday

Where: Downtown Harlem

Admission: Free

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