STRATFORD, Conn. -- Thousands of people got together at Short Beach in Stratford on Saturday for one of the city's biggest events — the seventh annual Blues on the Beach.
The crowd celebrated the summer sun, good music, and a chance to reunite for the day. The heat soared into the upper 90s, making it a perfect day to hit the beach and cool down in the water and the coastal breeze. Many families came out with kids and friends at the family-friendly and free event.
Tents were set up across Short Beach, with some in the crowd sitting and visiting, while others made it into a big party complete with a barbecue and lots of goodies.
Stratford PAL was on the scene, selling Blues on the Beach 2016 T-shirts to raise money for their organization and to offer a souvenir from the signature event.
This year, the event was sponsored by Mayor John Harkins and many local businesses.
The event featured food trucks from all around Connecticut, live bands, and fireworks after the sun went down.
The event started in 2010 with 1,500 people showing up. By last year, the crowd numbered 20,000. Erin McLaughlin, the woman in charge of the event, made sure to make this year an even better time for everyone.
Among the food trucks were All Good Caribbean, Szaboo's Fish, Sloppy Waffle, Spud Stud, Mark's Poo Boys, The Chowder Spot, SWOT and Micalizzi's Italian Ice.
Bands that made it to the stage included Vinny & Ray Afro-Cuban Jazz, The Mix, CK3, Chris D-Amato, Balkun Brothers, and Delta Generators.