An estimated 10,000 people descended on the heart of Arlington on Saturday for the 14th annual Clarendon Day.
About 25 general exhibitors plus about that many artists lined the streets selling everything from jewelry to apparel, old magazines to framed artwork.
If you spent a few minutes around the Clarendon Metro, or on the blocked portions of Wilson or Clarendon boulevards, you may have overheard neighbors running into one another. In front of Hard Times Cafe, one woman chastised her boyfriend: "We should've gotten here two hours ago!"
The mouth-watering smell of ribs, chili, pizza, Thai food and made-on-the-spot doughnuts, among many other items, wafted through the air. Parents would ask children if they got enough to eat; it was hard to see how they couldn't!
Matt Hussmann, who took over as executive director of the Clarendon Alliance this summer, called the day a success. The alliance organized the event, with a generous helping hand from the IOTA Club & Cafe, which booked bands near and far for two stages.