Thousands flooded the streets of downtown Binghamton this weekend for the Luma Projection Arts festival, and the event did not disappoint.

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Now I have to admit, I was a little skeptical of Luma. It was described to me as "easily the coolest event of the year" and that's a high bar to reach given how cool my first Spiediefest was. And perhaps part of me was a little bitter about the traffic and parking disruptions that Luma caused downtown in the days leading up to the festival.

All that went right out the window as soon as I saw the first display.

Luma exceeded every expectation I had for it with ease. Every display was like something I had never seen before. Buildings I walk past nearly every day became unrecognizable and every display was organized perfectly to take advantage of the classic architecture of the downtown buildings. It truly was a well-oiled machine and I can easily see why it attracts thousands of people to the streets every year. In fact, I was so captivated I had to go back to a couple of displays because I realized I had completely forgotten to take pictures of them.

Needless to say, the Luma Projection Arts Festival is something I'll have marked on my calendar as soon as the 2023 date gets announced, as I'm sure many Binghamton area residents will as well. So if you weren't able to make it to the festival this year or just want to relive is, here's a gallery of some of my favorite parts of the Luma Projection Arts Festival.

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