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Photos: Annual sand sculpting festival returns to Revere Beach

The 17th Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival took place this past weekend.

The festival usually brings a crowd of over a million people to Revere Beach. AP Photo / Michael Dwyer

One of the world’s largest sand sculpting festivals returned to Revere Beach after its cancellation in 2020 due to COVID-19. The Revere Beach Partnership hosted the 17th Revere Beach International Sand Sculpting Festival, which took place from Friday to Sunday.

The festival at Revere Beach also celebrated the 125th anniversary of the country’s first public beach. A 30-minute firework show took place Saturday evening to commemorate the event.

Although this year looked slightly different due to safety measures implemented, sculptors from around the U.S. gathered at the beach to sculpt their artworks. 

The sand sculptures:

Sue McGrew, of Tacoma, Washington, works on her sand sculpture on Saturday. AP Photo / Michael Dwyer)
One of the sculptures. – AP Photo / Michael Dwyer
A detail of the Gabby’s Dollhouse sculpture. David L. Ryan / Globe Staff
Abe Waterman works on his sculpture. David L. Ryan / Globe Staff
Waterman works on his sculpture. David L. Ryan / Globe Staff
Using his hand to sculpt, Waterman at work again. David L. Ryan / Globe Staff
McGrew works on her piece. David L. Ryan / Globe Staff
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