ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – It’s that time again: food, music, and of course flowers! The 69th annual Tulip Festival kicks off on Saturday, May 13.
Over 100,000 flowers have changed the complexion of Washington Park to that of a kaleidoscope.
There are so many colors and variations of flowers planted here.
Jessica Morgan, the gardener at last year’s Tulip Festival, she says they start these flowers in the fall so they can germinate through winter and sprout as soon as the earth ground begins to warm up.
For flower enthusiasts this event is like heaven, because there are so many variations and combinations of the tulip.
Tulips’ shapes are the inspiration for their name. It comes from the Persian word “delband”, which means “turban.”
There are several events that kick off before the Tulip Festival and there will be parking restrictions and road closures in the area.
Washington Park is going to be swamped with people check out all of the gorgeous flowers, but CDTA is asking that people use public transportation to cut down on traffic.
If you’re coming to take in the hypnotizing colors of all the flowers, take note of the shuttle areas and schedules:
Shuttles run to the park from 11 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.
- Elk Street parking lot, located behind the State Education Building. The pick-up location will be Elk and Hawk at the stop sign.
- Eagle Street parking lot, located at the corner of Eagle Street and Madison Avenue.
- Albany Medical Center parking lot, located off Robin Street, for customer needing extra assistance or in a wheelchair. That shuttle will drop passengers off at the Madison Avenue/New Scotland entrance to the park.
The shuttles will run every 20 to 30 minutes depending on traffic and all of those parking lots are free over the weekend.
For full parking and shuttle information contact the Albany Police Department.
For more information on the 2017 Tulip Festival and to see the full festival lineup visit: http://www.albany.com/news/tulip-festival.cfm