Photos: Thousands Celebrate Bangladeshi Street Festival, Potho Mela, On McDonald Avenue

Photos: Thousands Celebrate Bangladeshi Street Festival, Potho Mela, On McDonald Avenue
A performer entertains a jubilant crowd. Photo by KensingtonBK
A performer entertains a jubilant crowd. Photo by KensingtonBK

Thousands of people from throughout our neighborhood, and beyond, celebrated the annual Potho Mela yesterday, when McDonald Avenue was filled with everything from vendors selling gorgeous clothing and delicious food to musicians serenading crowds with dance and song for one of the biggest Bangladeshi events in our area.

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Vendors lined McDonald Avenue for the event. Photo by KensingtonBK
Vendors lined McDonald Avenue for the event. Photo by KensingtonBK

Organized annually by the Church-McDonald Bangladeshi Business Association, the Potho Mela is a street fair that celebrates Bangladeshi culture. It was held on McDonald Avenue, from Church Avenue to Avenue C, from about 11am to 8pm yesterday, Sunday, August 9.

Representatives from the Charukantha tutoring center at 529 McDonald Avenue were giving out heaps of delicious food. Photo by KensingtonBK
Representatives from the Charukantha tutoring center at 529 McDonald Avenue were giving out heaps of delicious food. Photo by KensingtonBK
More of the tantalizing food! Photo by KensingtonBK
More of the tantalizing food! Photo by KensingtonBK

We took a number of photos during the fun festivities, and if you snapped any great pictures, let us know! Email us at editor@kensingtonbk.com, and we’ll add them to the blog.

The crowd gathered to watch singers, dancers and more provide incredible entertainment for much of the day. Photo by KensingtonBK
The crowd gathered to watch singers, dancers and more provide incredible entertainment for much of the day. Photo by KensingtonBK
A singer had the crowd on their feet dancing. Photo by KensingtonBK
A singer had the crowd on their feet dancing. Photo by KensingtonBK
Festival goers dance and cheer during the performances. Photo by KensingtonBK
Festival goers dance and cheer during the performances. Photo by KensingtonBK
One of the singers. Photo via KensingtonBK
One of the singers. Photo via KensingtonBK
Close to Avenue C, the large stage played home to many talented singers, bands and others. Photo by KensingtonBK
Close to Avenue C, the large stage played home to many talented singers, bands and others. Photo by KensingtonBK
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Juli’s Tutorial, from 88 Church Avenue, handed out free drinks. Photo by KensingtonBK
Abdullah Sweets, from 91 Church Avenue, attracted throngs of people throughout the day. Photo by KensingtonBK
Abdullah Sweets, from 91 Church Avenue, attracted throngs of people throughout the day. Photo by KensingtonBK
Photo by KensingtonBK
Photo by KensingtonBK
There was an incredible array of goods that could be purchased, including much colorful clothing. Photo by KensingtonBK
There was an incredible array of goods that could be purchased, including much colorful clothing. Photo by KensingtonBK
More of the clothing. Photo by KensingtonBK
More of the clothing. Photo by KensingtonBK
Photo by KensingtonBK
Photo by KensingtonBK
Stunning jewelry was also available. Photo by KensingtonBK
Stunning jewelry was also available. Photo by KensingtonBK
Photo by KensingtonBK
Photo by KensingtonBK
Many of the youngest festival goers escaped from the shopping with bubbles. Photo by KensingtonBK
Many of the youngest festival goers escaped from the shopping with bubbles. Photo by KensingtonBK

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