Thousands of guests crowded the streets of Harlem on Saturday in celebration of the late comedian Oliver Hardy.
The 22nd annual Oliver Hardy Festival got under way with a pair of parades that are a hit for many guests each year.
"That's what I like most is the parade," said Tim Mosley, who lives near Harlem.
This year's event was the seventh for Mosley. He brought his 6-year-old son and 11- and 14-year-old daughters to the festival.
"It's fun," he said. "It's convenient, and everyone always seems to have a good time and enjoys it."
Mosley's 14-year-old daughter, Miranda, said the outing gave her a chance to visit with friends.
"It's fun to see all the stuff and watch the parade," she said.
The festival is held to honor the life and career of Hardy, who was born in Harlem in 1892.
He paired up with British comedian Stan Laurel to make more than 100 films.
Several activities honoring Laurel and Hardy, including look-alike contests and skits, were held throughout the day.
Live entertainment and arts and crafts vendors were scattered throughout the downtown area.
The sunny skies and mild weather likely helped draw crowds of people to the event.
"It's as large as the crowd from last year, if not larger," said former city manager Jean Dove, adding that it's hard to estimate crowd size.
A popular attraction for residents of Harlem and surrounding areas, the festival also attracts people from throughout the world.
"It brings awareness to the city," Dove said.
Gunther Price, of Kaiserslautern, Germany, just happened to be in town visiting family in nearby Grovetown during the festival.
"It's pretty awesome," Price said of the event. "This is perfect timing."
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