World Music Day's varied offerings -- modern and classic rock, blues, African drumming, traditional Indian dance, songs from the Renaissance, Eastern-European folk music, showtunes and more -- drew an estimated 20,000 people from all over the Bay Area Sunday, according to early estimates from one of the festival's organizers.
"I'm enjoying the day," said Jan Blas, who came down from Foster City with her husband, Merv. "It's beautiful out and the crowd is really enjoying the variety of music and style."
"It's like being in Europe," Merv chimed in. "It's really fun."
Another festival-goer, Julie Eades, came from Redwood City.
"I think it's fantastic that a city like Palo Alto embraces things like this," she said. "I just got here, but it seems like there's loads of things going on, loads of people and I'm looking forward to being entertained this afternoon."
Big crowds gathered for a number of performances, including the Peninsula Harmony Chorus, which gave a captivating, clap-a-long rendition of Queen's "We Will Rock You" (see our Instagram feed for a video).
The "World Tribal Funk" drumming group Hands on Fire were also a big hit. Performing on the corner of University Avenue and Emerson Street in front of Sushi Tomo, a group of men beat on their drums while group leader James Henry invited children from the crowd to try their hands at drumming and percussion.
After the drumming died down, a large circle formed to watch a group of youngsters from Bhangra Dance Studio perform Punjabi folk dances in the middle of the street in front of Pizza My Heart.
"I think people are having a good time," Ezran said, adding that while he was on the clock, in a sense, he was also enjoying the day. "I've personally run into many friends. "I've discovered some new groups that I didn't know about before."
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