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This is my favorite time of the year. With spring officially here, all the best weather — and the best local festivals — are ahead of us. And as you plan out your celebration destinations heading into the summer, CITY has you covered with our annual Festival Preview Guide. Courtesy of Scott Pukos, we've got the listings so you don't have to miss things.

We've also got the inside scoops on two distinctive regional festivals that may have flown under your radar. In the case of The 19th Annual Red, White & Blue Balloon Rally, we mean that literally. Rebecca Rafferty spoke to seasoned hot air balloon pilot Sean Quigley — not just about the rally, but about what to expect if you're planning a hot air balloon ride yourself this season. Anchors away.

Chris Thompson gives us a taste of the Caribbean with his preview of the 35th Annual Carifest Parade and Festival. There's plenty of music, food, and culture on the docket — and everyone loves a parade — but the story of Carifest is also about the vibrancy of an important Rochester cultural community.

As the festival season gets going, CITY will update information and list new festivals in our online version of the guide at rochestercitynewspaper.com.

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