This year wasn’t my first Sugar Sand festival, but it was my favorite Sugar Sand festival. It was also the first time I attended the Sugar Sand festival at sunset so I could enjoy the best of Sunsets at Pier 60 Daily Festival at the same time. It’s not easy to get to the beach this time of year (due to large numbers of tourists), but it’s worth it just to see these two festivals working together in perfect harmony.
We arrived early to experience yet another quintessential Clearwater Beach experience: dinner at a beachside café.
Then the perfect grouper led into the perfect sunset as we walked down Beach Walk from the Surf Style parking garage to the pier.
As the sun went down, Pier 60 lit up with activity. People crowded around a visiting street performer as he performed various feats of balance, juggling, and fire. This particular street performer came up from Key West specifically for the Sugar Sand festival.
With the sun fully down, we excitedly headed over to the sand sculpture tent. This year there was a music theme, with sculptures dedicated to the memory of several great musicians, including a work-in-progress sand memorial to Prince.
After all the years that I have lived in Florida and all the times that I have visited Clearwater Beach, it surprises me that I can still have a magical experience here. This was magical.
Clearwater Beach’s Sugar Sand festival continues through Sunday, 4/24/2016.