3-day festival! 5 reasons to check out the Delray Affair this weekend

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Children check out a tank full of glass fish at Christie Van Cleve’s booth on Atlantic Avenue during a previous Delray Affair. (Bruce Bennett/The Palm Beach Post)

The 54th annual Delray Affair takes place today through Sunday along the streets of downtown Delray Beach and stretches twelve city blocks from the Intracostal to NW 2nd Avenue.

What started in 1947 as the Gladiola Festival ­— with its own Gladiola Queen — is now one of the most popular fun-in-the-sun festivals in South Florida, attracting about 300,000 people over three days.

Here are five reasons to go:

Skip the gym:

Get in your exercise walking from one end to the other. The festival takes up twelve city blocks, from the Intracoastal to NW 2nd Ave. If you’re feeling fit, walk over the bridge to A1A.

Shop early for Mother’s Day:

Take mom and see what catches her eye here. There are over 500 vendors featuring fine arts, hand-crafted arts, crafts.

Family fun zone:

New this year, the free Family Fun Zone will feature 30 arcade games and a dunk tank!

Experience Delray:

It’s a small town with big civic pride. More than 100 volunteers make this festival pop.

It’s free!

Free people-watching, free browsing, and free Geico bus – located at 1st Ave. and Atlantic, step aboard the bus and enjoy pinball, karaoke and giveaways.

If you go: Delray AffairIntracoastal to NW 2nd Avenue in Delray Beach, April 8-10, Free, 561-279-0907

Related: Physician’s illuminating painting wins Delray Affair poster contest

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Dr. Ella Remenson s artwork was picked for the 2016 Delray Affair poster.




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