Out of all the events happening in South Norwalk, the annual arts celebration is one of the biggest. Crowds and vendors gathered on Washington Street and North Main Street for the 39th annual SoNo Arts Celebration.
"The beauty of it is really to give people an insight of what's going on here every day of the week," said SoNo Arts Celebration Marketing Director Derek Signore.
The free family weekend event was in full swing on Saturday, with food trucks, bands, local vendors and artists from all over the region, but the celebration is not complete until it kicks off the annual puppet parade.
"We're seeing a lot of new artists, a lot of young, new generations coming up through the ranks and being at SoNo for the first time," said Stephanie Jarm.
Stephanie Jarm exhibiting art director says this year's puppet parade on Sunday will be better than ever, thanks to a helping hand.
"We brought in this amazing group called "One World Puppets" from Boston," said Jarm. "And they've been working for the past two days fixing some of the puppets that we have and they brought two truckloads of brand new stuff."
"We really kind of incorporated two or three different events into one and I think the beauty of it too is that the streets are shut down," said Signore.
Over 50 different types of puppets will march down North Main Street along with creative designs done by children.
"We're providing all the crafts for them," said Jarm. "They come and make all the puppets, they take them home, they bedazzle them and then they're going to come back for noon and the puppet parade kicks off at 1 o'clock."
The celebration ends Sunday evening, where puppets and bands will come together fro the annual puppet parade. For more details visit: http://sonoarts.org