Events: Northside Fourth of July Parade/Festival

The Northside Fourth of July Festival starts at Hoffner Park at 6 p.m. on Friday when the Rock ‘N’ Roll Carnival comes to town and transforms the Park into a giant beer garden. There, you’ll get an eyeful of deliciously deviant and exotic delights such a

Spend your Fourth of July weekend in Northside and you’re guaranteed a constant stream of brain-tickling entertainment. The craziness starts at Hoffner Park at 6 p.m. on Friday when the Rock ‘N’ Roll Carnival comes to town and transforms the Park into a giant beer garden. There, you’ll get an eyeful of deliciously deviant and exotic delights such as fire breathers, aerial dancers, sword swallowers and drag queens. Man Halen, Wussy, Culture Queer and more bands provide the soundtrack until 1 a.m. Then, on the 4th, drag yourself out of whatever gutter you slept in and stumble into the parade along Hamilton Ave. at 11 a.m. It ends at Hoffner Park, where the carnival becomes a festival featuring Vaudeville shows, a gypsy circus, food and artist booths and more live music by The Lions Rampant, Fists of Love and seven more bands until 1 a.m. It’s all free. God Bless America, alright! Get a schedule of bands and venue details here.

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