In 2007, the 21st edition of the festival, it was called “Shows Without Walls”: 500 performances that took place along the waterfront. Magicians, jugglers, mimes, drummers, dancers, acrobats, escape artists, fire-breathers, illusionists and living statues competed for our attention over those nine days in August. At some points it was hard to know where to look, as though the circus had come to town and the geeks had busted out of the tent to amuse and beguile with their peculiar talents. Makes you wish you lived in a place as cool as this. Oh, wait.
First runner up: Jazz Fest Afternoon Tent
Second runner up: Word on the Street
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