The annual Peabody International Festival, celebrating ethnic diversity through music, food and performances, will take place for the 29th time this Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. in Peabody Square, and city officials have outlined simple steps put in place to ensure the safety of everyone attending.
Mayor Ted Bettencourt's office announced in a statement last week that no pets of any kind - with the exception of service dogs - will be allowed on the common, and that animal control officers will be on hand for enforcement. Festival coordinators and city officials have also banned bicycles, skate boards, rollerblades and alcohol.
The festival attracts thousands to Peabody Square annually. Entertainers will perform continuously on three stages located at Peabody Square, upper Lowell Street and the Leather City Common. A schedule of performances can be found on the International Festival website. Food and art celebrating the diverse backgrounds of Peabody's population will be available at over 60 booths throughout the common.
Leather City Common will also feature "Kid's Day" activities during the festival.
The festival is free and open to the public, and will be postponed until September 23, in the event of rain.