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Street Festival


Art on the Avenue

Street Festival

Tuesday July 4, 2023 from 11:00am-3:00pm

Bank Square

Washington Street, from Lee Mansion to Old Town House

Come to the Marblehead Street Festival, at Bank Square, intersection of Washington and Hooper St. This festival is a fun tradition that is part of Marblehead’s 4th of July Celebrations. There will be something for everyone including Bonaparte the Magician, Big Nazo the performing aliens from outer space, Sir Mimealot the Strolling Mime, Northshoremen chorus, Ancient Fire Henna; Stilt walking, balloon making, and caricatures by Kaleidoscope, Merj Band, lots of BUBBLES and much much more.


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Chris Yerlig, aka ‘Sir Mimealot,’ began his mime career on the streets of Europe. In the US, where he is now based, he has performed mime at festivals, schools and libraries and corporate events, and  with Circus America at the Olympic Games in Athens, GA. He has performed in 20 countries around the world too. Hof note are performances at the Huis Ten Bosch Theme Park in Japan, and at the Kimtom International Clown Festival of Shanghai, China.


For over 25 years he has volunteered with such non-profits as Project Troubador, Magicians Without Borders, and Clowns Without Borders to spread laughter in schools, hospitals, and orphanages in many emerging countries, most recently Haïti, India Bangladesh and Brazil.

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BIG NAZO is an international , larger-than-life-sized performance group and Creature-making studio based in Providence, RI that blends a variety of mask and  puppet performance techniques with improvisational audience interaction.

Their giant go-go dancing monsters, mischievous mountain trolls, bizarre extra-terrestrials, and hilarious human-animal hybrids have invaded stages and street corners  in festivals and public spaces throughout Asia, Europe and North America .

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BONAPARTÉ – NEW ENGLAND’S HOTTEST MAGICIAN! - Bonaparté the Magician (pronounced Bon-Ah-Part-Tay) is an award-winning Professional Magic Entertainer whose programs include Sleight-Of-Hand/Close-Up Magic as well as larger scale Concert Style Shows. A performer possessing diverse talents, Bonaparté’s skills include Storytelling, Balloon Sculpture, Origami, Juggling and Mentalism.


His dazzling, interactive style of Magic has captured the hearts and evoked the laughter of thousands of children and adults around the world. Considered a seasoned veteran in his field, Bonaparté often utilizes borrowed, everyday objects such as currency, coins and playing cards to astound an audience.  On stage, Bonaparté also performs mind-blowing illusions with his friend ‘Snow’, a fluttering white Dove, and their furry companion, Frisky the Bunny. 


Bonaparté is known to create these mini-miracles for audiences of all ages. He amuses as he amazes by inviting his audience to participate in the humorous by-play created by his unique brand of Magic.

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Maria Mercuri has been providing artisanal, henna body art to her clients since 2001, using only traditional, natural methods. She has been a member of several local chambers of commerce and is currently a member of the Massachusetts LGBTQIA+ Chamber of Commerce as an Ally member. 

She is pleased to once again be a part of the Marblehead Festival of Arts!

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Kaleidoscope is New England's largest creative entertainment agency. From face painters, caricatures, and balloon twisters to foam parties and stilt walkers, our artists have entertained at events ranging from exclusive Fortune 500 company events to thousands of backyard birthday parties.


The Northshoremen


The Northshoremen Barbershop Chorus has been spreading the joy of harmony across New England for over 70 years. We work very hard to maintain the blend of beautiful old standards of yesteryear with the modern music of today. Part of our mandate is to give back to the community and we help support a number of high school music programs.


Roze Tyler-Malone: She's a rock n roll fiddle player, vocalist, percussionist and endless supply of energy and enthusiasm! Jim Malone plays guitar, bass and sings. Raised on rock and pop music, he puts his ADD to good use shaping the repertoire for Roze and Jim and The MERJ Maureen 'Mo' Benson sings, plays ukulele, and keeps everybody smiling.  Glen Watson's got the beat! He hits the drums. David 'Big Wave Dave' Buckley would rather be surfing. He and Glen set the groove!

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