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66th annual Tulip Festival takes over Albany this weekend

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ALBANY, N.Y. -- It's the 66th annual Tulip Festival, taking over Albany this weekend. Despite a wet start to the day, plenty of people came out for the festivities.

All of the tulips are in bloom, and festival-goers say it's a sight to see.

"It's just gorgeous. I love color, I love spring, it's sunny all of the sudden, we didn't expect it today. And to see the work and the energy around here it just feels great. It's a great pre-Mother's Day," Helene Naftali, a New Jersey resident.

Pink, purple, yellow, orange, just about every color you could think of.

But it wasn’t just the tulips, from the unique foods, to the delicious deserts, there was something to dig into for everyone.

And while you eat, you can enjoy music from local bands performing on stage.

Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan says the event is a great opportunity to showcase the city.

"A festival attitude and a festival atmosphere that is family friendly and really draws people from all over the region," said Sheehan.

The festival especially drew plenty of mothers and their families.

The crowning of this year's tulip queen took place at noon. This year's queen is 20-year old Caitlin Whelan, a sophomore at Siena College.

"It's incredible. This is such a great opportunity to work with such a fantastic group of girls and I couldn't be more proud of all their achievements and more enthusiastic about all the good work we're going to do this year," said Whelan.

And what better proof that spring has finally sprung than thousands of tulips in full bloom at Albany's annual Tulip Festival.

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