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Sailfest 2016

Sailfest takes place Friday through Sunday

Sailfest takes place Friday through Sunday

The 39th annual regional celebration known as Sailfest returns to downtown New London and the Waterfront for three days this weekend.

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People jockey for fireworks viewing location on day two of Sailfest

Thousands of people gathered this year for day two of New London's three-day Sailfest event.

New London officials promise accounting for Sailfest expenses

City officials said this week they promise to get a better accounting of the city’s costs for hosting Sailfest — the annual event that draws hundreds of thousands of people to the city each year.

Rain holds off until Sailfest concludes

Sunday's cloudy weather with constant threats of rain may have kept some away from Sailfest's last day, but most participants said the three-day event had been a success even if it was not as busy as last year.

Cloudy Saturday doesn't dampen Sailfest fireworks, Black Lives Matter march

Cloudy skies didn’t keep thousands of people from crowding the city for the second day of Sailfest, which on Saturday featured the typical fried food and rides but also served as the backdrop for a small demonstration in support of black Americans affected by police violence.

Sailfest kicks off in New London

The relative quiet on City Pier Friday afternoon was not expected to last long. Sailfest attracts an estimated 300,000 over its three-day run in the city and Friday is just the start, according to event director Barbara Neff.

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No excuse for not keeping track of Sailfest

The city needs to know what Sailfest cost and what it made, starting with the 2016 festival, and include the festival in its revenue and expense discussions for 2017.