Today marked the 29th annual Troy Victorian Stroll downtown Troy, NY. Since I took photographs of the Saratoga Victorian Streetwalk in 2010 and I had not been to the Victorian Stroll since 2006, it seemed only fair I give a little love to the Collar City on this beautiful day. The historic streets of Troy were packed once again for this annual holiday tradition and I have no doubt you will find hundreds of photos online come tomorrow, featuring bedazzled hooves. Nothing jaw-dropping to show but I do like to share my take on Victorian costumes with my folks in France — remember that our only source of information when it comes to old American garbs is the Little House on the Prairie TV series.
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I wouldn’t be surprised if another two people were hidden under these dresses below.
This sweet lady below was a hit with the kids. Check that smile.
The Victorian Stroll wouldn’t be the same without Uncle Sam of course, who I mentioned in my last post is buried in Oakwood Cemetery. OR IS HE? Very much alive and kicking below, as portrayed by artist, author and storyteller Fred Polnisch.
Every year at the Stroll, about 45,00 balloons escape the grip of little kids and fly away to Hollywood to die in cheap romantic comedies.
In case you were wondering about the horses below, you are correct, the hooves were bedazzled (view large). Fa-bu-lous.
I have no clue what this fellow is going for, below. God’s gift to women?
Young lady below, I’m sorry, you are the unfortunate victim of an awkward storefront series going on between Bennett and I. That is my excuse.
Santa Sax below, a fixture of Victorian strolls. Also, historically accurate.
This hipster street Bichon Frise by friend Paul is all kinds of awesome.
Flickr user vicchristopher has a whole series: