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Hamra Festival Parade

We do love Hamra!

Walk Walk Walk! Camera and instructions credit to @DinaMyColors, while the photo was my attempt 😉

Which is more exciting, making Hamra a pedestrian street for three days, or the festival? Answering this question is difficult. For all the people who love Hamra, driving there is a challenge due to traffic. Having the ability to walk around in the middle of the street with no cars in sight was amazing. The first day of the festival was just as good.

It was kind of disappointing to see that the first day was so short, but it was enjoyable nonetheless. Security was also everywhere.

Volta Ao Mundo - Capoeira performance

The parade included Capoeira performace by Volta Ao Mundo association (found on FB here, Capoeira Lebanon site), which a lot of people seemed to enjoy. Many even said that they thought they were the best. It’s basically Brazilian art that combines martial arts, dance, and catchy music.

After that came a small group of the AUB Music club, followed by some young people who were wearing white tshirts with “Breathe” written in Green. Unfortunately, I was not able to find out who they were, but they were making noise and screaming  “Wel3aneh!” non stop.

AUB music club

Tamashi Japanese restaurant had a huge truck with lots of people on board. All of them were wearing kimonos, and partaking in several activities related to Japanese culture. Fortune cookies were being distributed, minus the cookies. Mine said “Don’t let your daughter-in-law eat your autumn eggplants / Don’t let yourself be taken advantage of”.

Tamashi Japanese Restaurant, http://www.tamashii.me

Scouts performances followed, in addition to a fabulous mime who kept imitating everyone and joining the crowds. Animals Lebanon were also present, giving out flyers regarding Trap-Neuter-Return program, which aims to decrease the overpopulation of animals in Lebanon, in a healthy and safe manner, of course.

Scouts, and the mime!

The final show I witnessed was the motor bike one, the one and only Harley Davidson show (#AkhYaAlbeh, yes), which was amazing and included some hardcore bikes. Mickey Mouse even got to ride one, which I wish I could prove in photos. The parts I unfortunately missed included some sort of a wedding/zaffe, in addition to a showing of a lot of beetle cars.

Lots and lots of bikes

Mickey Mouse, running to the good stuff!

People watching the fireworks

At the end, people kept walking around Hamra street, while fireworks went off. We have witnessed time and time again the negative consequences of fireworks, and many people are not fans of the sounds, but this was one to enjoy.


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  1. * Arabianism says:

    Great post. Looks like I missed the fun.
    Side note: Why would a Japanese restaurant give out fortune cookies? I thought it a Chinese restaurant tradition!

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 10 months ago
    • Hah, that’s a good point. I associate fortune cookies with chinese as well.

      | Reply Posted 7 years, 10 months ago
  2. * Mich says:

    Great to participate in the #HamraFest through you. Wish I was there. Hamra is home!!! 🙂

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 10 months ago
  3. * bahaafe says:

    Love HAMRA 😀

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 10 months ago
  4. * meinlebanon says:

    Riham! Let’s try and meet up at the festival today! loved your post! 🙂

    | Reply Posted 7 years, 10 months ago

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