Get ready to paint the town blue and gold when Davie Street in downtown Greensboro is transformed by Spartan pride for the 77th annual National Folk Festival Sept. 8-10.

On Friday morning, Greensboro Mayor Pro Tem Yvonne Johnson officially proclaimed the city street “Spartan Way” in honor of UNCG’s 125th anniversary.

The street will be one of the main thoroughfares of the free outdoor festival, which features seven stages and 300 traditional performers and craftspeople and is expected to draw crowds of over 100,000 to the Gate City.

Performances at Center City Park, CityStage, LeBauer Park Stage and Dance Pavillion will be visible along Spartan Way, which will host a variety of food and drink vendors and LimeBike parking.

On Friday evening, Chancellor Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. – along with UNCG student-athletes, cheerleaders, the dance team and Spiro – will help kick off the festival with a parade at 6:30 p.m.

The official “Spartan Way” Snapchat filter will go live Friday evening, so don your blue and gold and show your Spartan spirit on social media. Tag your posts #SpartanWay and #UNCG125.

For a full schedule of performances and information about the National Folk Festival, visit nationalfolkfestival.com.

 

Story by Elizabeth L. Harrison, University Communications
Photography courtesy of the National Folk Festival