Red, White & Blue.

Red, White & Blue.

Lexington knows how to throw a party…add in some good ol’ Fourth of July patriotism and you’ve got yourself one heck of a festival! The streets (Short, Limestone and Main Streets) of downtown Lexington were filled with people and it was a beautiful site. The festivities began bright and early with food trucks,  vendors, and live music, a parade  mid day, and more music and socializing on into the night.

My main mission on this beautiful holiday was simple…get a waffle from Waffle E Good’s (new waffle food truck). It wasn’t hard to convenience my friends that this should be the first stop on Short Street.

Waffle Truck Spotted!

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Considering I love banana everything and can devour a whole can of Nutella in one sitting…it was a no-brainer as to which waffle to get.

The Number Three please?(Banella: banana, nutella, whipped cream atop a waffle)

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It was as ooey, gooey and delicious as it looks. If you see these guys out stop by, say hi and get yourself a waffle. You will not be sorry.

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After devouring our waffle…we headed off  to tour the vendors through the Fifth Third Pavilion and seek some shade for my boxer, Nikki.

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I’m always happy to see West Sixth out because 1.)…my guys (hubby and boyfriend-in-law) are much happier and handle the crowds better when drinking it and 2.)..they are such supporters of the community! The really were the start of something great in this city!

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Next stop…find somewhere shaded (for the benefit of my boxer, Nikki, and myself) to watch the parade. We quickly made a bee-line for the LA Fitness parking garage to get a birds eye view of the city and the parade.

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It doesn’t get any better than this! Look at how beautiful downtown Lexington is when it’s packed full of locals and visitors.

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A great view of 21C, which is currently under construction and should hopefully open in or by 2015. I personally cannot wait to book a room here and get a first hand look at one of these amazing hotels. (click 21C to find out more about this hotel…current locations in Cincinnati and Louisville).

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My furry human got a little jealous that we were taking in all the action and decided to see what exactly was happening on the other side of this wall.

 

 

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I think she got a whiff of the Kettle Korn brewing down below (popcorn…all flavors and kinds are her favorite!)

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Nikki (the boxer) made friends with everyone that came onto the 6th Floor and greated them with a big-ol-lick to the face. Sorry for all the slobbers!

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I know, I know...I just ate a waffle (split three ways…thank you!) but when I saw Hacienda had a food truck on-site, I knew Tacos would be in my future. After some parade watching, we headed back to Short Street to snatch up some tacos. It’s not often you see a restaurant go food truck but I’m glad this one did!

In my lap: Steak Tacos with cilantro and onions from Hacienda.

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With our bellies full, we headed off down Short Street to check out more of the action.

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The festival was adult and kid friendly as Lexington always does a good job of (beer and bouncy houses)! I keep wishing the adults could get in on the inflatable action too…but we have to pretend to be all grown up and be too cool for the bouncy houses.

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This is where the real fun was! The kids love the fountains and I love watching the kids be kids running back and fourth. Nothing is more joyful than their little faces!

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As the afternoon grew hot and our puppy pads got a little toasty, we decided it was best to call it a day. Time to head home and rest up for the Night Market and fireworks (my favorite!).

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Stay tuned for more blogging from the NoLi Night Market…