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Fun afloat

Boaters are invited to join a Floating Cocktail Party and Boat Parade this week as part of Buffalo's Citybration.

Interested skippers can ?sign up at citybration.com, ?and contend for the title of best-decorated boat.
The procession is planned to start at 6 p.m. Thursday, and end by 8 p.m. The parade route will take boats from the Erie Basin Marina to the Small Boat Harbor and back.

"Decorate your craft, ?wear costumes, or have music on board," suggested organizer Marti Gorman. "The more ?the merrier, and the noisier ?the better."

Participants will be checked to ensure they have enough lifejackets, and must sign a ?liability waiver.

People who want to ?participate, but don't have a boat or a sober skipper, can board the Miss Buffalo, which will be part of the flotilla. ?Tickets are $25.

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Songs of yesteryear

Toes will be tapping, ?hands will be clapping and a few hearts may be breaking at the 32nd Annual Old Songs Festival, Friday through ?June 24 a couple hours away ?on the Thruway at the ?Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, in Albany County.

Plan on a family-friendly mixture of folk, Celtic and World music along with 120 workshops by the performers, a craft show and a children's activity area.

Play in a jug band or drum ?circle, try contra dancing or take part in the open jams. Camping is available; tickets are $25 to $125, depending on length of stay.

To get there, take Interstate 90 east to Exit 25; after the ?toll, take exit 9. Stay to the ?right and take Route 7 / Curry Road to traffic circle at Route 146; go 3/4 around the circle onto Route 146 (Carman Road). Go 3.7 miles, turn left on ?Route 20, then right on Route 146 toward Altamont. The ?fairgrounds is 5.5 miles from the turn.