71st Tulip Festival draws thousands

May 12, 2019 02:55 PM

ALBANY - Thousands were in Washington Park on Saturday to snap photos of the vibrant tulip bulbs.

Charlotte Carlin, 6, of Malta, was one of the youngest photographers. This was her first year attending the festival.

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But don't let that fool you, she knows what she's doing. Charlotte also said she just started using her new camera yesterday.

Not bad for a day’s work.

It was also Susan Lafond's first year attending. Though she said she did have a few shots in mind.

"Friends have been posting pictures of themselves with tulips and I said I need to have pictures of my grand puppy Sunny with the tulips,” Lafond said. “So we came out she has been great posing and we have some wonderful pictures to share."

As for which variety compliments Sunny's spots best? Lafond couldn't decide.

"You can't just like one it's like ice cream you know everything they all have something special about them that's the wonderful thing is seeing all the different varieties there are in the colors the shapes and so it's just such an enjoyable time,” Lafond said.

Emily Barcia-Varno, 22, of Glenmont was crowned as the 2019 Tulip Queen.

If you missed the coronation ceremony, don't worry, she and the four other finalists will be making appearances at community events throughout the year.

"I really wanted to get involved in this because it's a wonderful platform to help the community and it provides a good place to do community service work and create awareness of other things,” Barcia-Varno said. “We have a great literacy program we're going to be working with a lot of kids in the city."

You can find more information about the 2019 Tulip Festival here.


Emily Burkhard

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