I attended the 2004 International Fesival. I just deleted several paragraphs. The festival was an enjoyable change of pace. Getting to the parking lot on Kirby Drive was a breeze all four weekend days. Parking was mostly a breeze. Either there was zero, one or two vehicles in line to pay. I drove to the back of the small parking lot and found empty spaces three rows back. Leaving the parking lot was mostly a breeze too. I may have had to wait a couple of minutes for crowds crossing the street, but no major problems getting to Kirby Drive. No major traffic on Kirby Drive. The festival was located on two parking lots with a grassy area covering one-third of the festival site in the middle. The grassy section had tents, small temporary structures put up for the festival and small trees to provide shade. The Thai area, the African section and International sections were in the grassy middle. The Texas and Latin stages were on the southern asphalt parking lot. On the northern asphalt parking lot was the children's section. The crowds were way down especially the first Saturday because of clouds, soggy grounds and a soaking long, light shower. The crowds picked up the second weekend when the sun came out. The two shadeless asphalt lots were very hot under the blazing sun. The old school Funk and Soul bands brought out a different, 30-to-44 year old crowd who appeared to reside in the surrounding neighborhoods. They were a nice change of pace. A Brazilian percussive, funk, rock band put on a great set. Texas Music performer, Pat Green, drew an enthusiastic crowd under the sweltering sun in the boiling parking lot. A Latin girl band put on an enjoyable set. The local ambient world music band, Moodfarka, played enjoyable sets in the Asian section. Although the music was enjoyable, I miss Rick Mitchell being in charge of the music. All-in-all, the festival was better than to be expected easy to maneuver around because of the small crowds. However, I am glad that the festival is back in downtown where it belongs!