A good portion of the Albany's population was out on Solano Avenue to break bread together and celebrate one another's company at the third Dinner with Albany.

"We sold 425 tables and I estimate over 3,000 people" attended, said Chelle Putzer, community services manager for the city.

Festivities included the ringing of the dinner bell, a group toast and the traditional group dance to the 1970s disco hit "YMCA."

Photographer Dorothy Brown offered these observations of the event on her blog (dorothybrownphotography.com):

"Dinner With Albany was only supposed to happen once, in 2008, as part of our town's centennial. It became immediately clear that once was not going to be enough, but every year seemed like too much. Every other year is just right.

"We all look forward to this party -- it has quickly become a tradition that Albanians embrace with enthusiasm. Last Saturday we gathered in the street to visit, dine, dance, and enjoy one another's company.

"It is a monumental task to prepare for this event. Many thanks to the Albany Recreation and Community Services Department staff and the small army of volunteers who set everything up."