One could find everything from crafts, food, plants and bellydancers Saturday, March 14 as the 20th annual Bloomin’ on the Bricks and 17th annual Art Along the Bricks festivals joined forces along Front Street. Downtown Natchitoches was filled with local residents and visitors eager to start the spring season off on the right foot. Bloomin’ on the Bricks featured a number of vendors with offerings ranging from ice cream and gardening supplies to expert advice from Louisiana Master Gardeners. The nearby Art Along the Bricks featured vendors with a wide variety of crafts and art works. A perennial crowd favorite returned as local tribal fusion bellydance troupe Indigeaux performed for the delighted crowd. The Natchitoches Humane Society’s booth was a surprise favorite, especially for children, as Pete and Pax, two baby possums the society is caring for until they can be released back into the wild, drew a crowd of delighted youngsters.