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In Princeton, A ‘Welcome Back’ To Students

A young girl (above) plays Saturday at the fountain in front of shops on Hulfish Street in Princeton NJ

PRINCETON NJ – Residents and merchants of Princeton NJ, home to Princeton University, celebrated the return of students to college classes Saturday (Aug. 29, 2015) with an outdoor concert at the park in downtown Palmer Square and demonstrations and samplings inside its shops. The Post made the 144-mile round-trip trek to enjoy the tunes, watch the people, and see the sights.

A dad and his child in a stroller pause in front of Princeton University’s Nassau Street entrance

A carved stone tiger, the university mascot, with its paw on a book crouches at a portal into one of the dormitories on campus

The exterior of some older campus dorms resemble English cottages

The VooDUDES (above and below), a veteran New Jersey rock band, performed in concert free at Palmer Square, Princeton’s center-of-town park named for builder Edgar Palmer

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A young boy danced for joy near a tree far bigger than he …

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… a girl kicked up her heels to the music …

… a pair of parents and their infant lounged on the park grass …

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… a father hoisted his son higher for the best view of the musicians …

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… and a woman decided the best use of her time was to study while listening

Both foot and vehicle traffic was heavy on Palmer Square West at Hulfish Street, where merchants sold clothing, home goods, souvenirs and edibles

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A clerk rings up the total of a purchase at the Thomas Sweet Chocolates store on Palmer Square West, where some hand-dipped candies sold for up to $29 per pound

Photos by Joe Zlomek for The Post Publications LLC

Note: Post Managing Editor Joe Zlomek is a TripAdvisor.com senior contributor who ranks among the top 1-percent of that travel website’s most-read reviewers of destinations and facilities. Read other articles in this series.

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