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World-famous Turkish folk dancers kick up the fun during a (wet) fest-filled weekend

World-famous Turkish folk dancers kick up fun in our Pix of the Day

Turkishfest 2013 Turkish Festival Houston Hoytur Folk Dancers from Ankara. five-time world champion folk dancers
Hoy-Tur Turkish Folk Dance Group members from Ankara performing at the 23rd Turkishfest in Jones Plaza Photo by Danny Kamin

Last weekend's rains didn't completely dampen the party-going spirit for Houstonians, many who braved dark skies to relish authentic meatballs at the Houston Italian Festival or take in artwork at the Bayou City Art Festival or Texas Contemporary Art Fair.

Intermittent parting clouds shined the spotlight on some of the best moments, including the spectacular performance by the Hoy-Tur Turkish Folk Dance Group, a troupe that highlighted the 23rd Annual Turkishfest, held this year at Jones Plaza and once again hosted by the American-Turkish Association.

The five-time world champion folk dancers whirled and swirled across the stage in bright, national costumes to a toe-tapping, clap-inducing music accompaniment played on Turkish folk instruments. Some 200 artists comprise the full troupe, which was established in 1970 in the Turkey capitol city of Ankara.

Ace photographer Danny Kamin captured their magical presence with the photo above. He added the group is definitely worth seeing again — even in the rain.

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