June 20, 2014 at 5:51 pm

Clouds don't dampen start of Detroit's annual River Days

Lamyra Murry,4, of Detroit enjoying her ride on the Hampton Motorcycles on Friday during the first day of the River Days festival along the Detroit River in downtown Detroit. (Clarence Tabb Jr / The Detroit News)

A gloomy sky didn’t hamper the first day of the annual River Days festival on Friday in downtown along the Detroit River.

“It’s off to a wonderful start,” said Marc Pasco, director of communications for the Detroit Riverfront Conservancy. “The cloudy skies and sprinkles have not stopped crowds from coming down for River Days.”

The festival, in its eighth year, typically draws 150,000 visitors over the course of three days, officials said.

Among this weekend’s activities are Jet-Ski demonstrations, the Detroit River ArtScape, children’s rides and free Coast Guard boat tours. On Friday night Steppenwolf was expected to perform. The festival runs until 11 p.m. on Friday.

Festival hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $3 before 5 p.m. and $5 after 5 p.m. There is no admission fee for children younger than 3 and seniors 65 and older.

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