Before and after: rainstorm hits Car Free Day Vancouver 2014 (PHOTOS, VIDEOS)

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Tens of thousands of Vancouverites celebrated Father’s Day by flooding some of the city’s major streets for the sixth annual Car Free Day Vancouver festival.

A thunderous wet start emptied streets of both cars and people, and the high winds even blew some tents away, but by mid-afternoon the sun emerged, dried the pavement and brought out the massive crowds that the event has always been known for.

Car Free Day turns extensive lengths of car-heavy arterial streets and turns them into hip-happening, car-free community parties with food, music, performances and much more.

Main Street was the longest festival, with a street closure of 20 city blocks, followed closely by Commercial Drive’s 17 city block event. Denman Street between Robson and Davie was also closed and Kitsilano took a different approach this year by hosting multiple block parties.

If you missed last weekend’s Italian Day on Commercial Drive and today’s city-wide Car Free Day, be sure to attend Sunday, June 22’s partial closure of West Broadway to celebrate Greek Day Vancouver.

During the rainstorm

After the rainstorm

Featured Image: @sammer7 via Instagram | @rebdickson via Instagram

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