A steady drizzle couldn’t keep football fans or Allston-Brighton residents away from Harvard Stadium on Saturday (Oct. 24), as the Crimson took on the Princeton Tigers and came away with a resounding 37-3 victory.

Harvard has hosted its Allston and Brighton neighbors to an early reception and a football game for the past 20 years. It is a bookend to Cambridge Football Day, which was held earlier this month. Despite the dreary weather Saturday, more than 400 residents filled a tent next to the stadium.

“It’s been a tradition coming here,” said Addie Walsh of Allston, who used to bring her sons, now in their early 20s, to the festivities when they were young.

“It was something we always looked forward to, and we’ve always appreciated that Harvard did this,” said Walsh, who also noted that this was an opportunity to see neighbors whom they don’t normally encounter day to day.

President Drew Faust attended the event and chatted with residents and with a group of Harvard students waging a recycling campaign at the game. Several staff members who work closely with the Allston-Brighton community also attended with their families.

“We look forward each year to connecting with our neighbors in this relaxed and informal setting,” said Kevin McCluskey, Harvard’s senior director of community relations for Boston. “We hope to continue this great tradition for another 20 years and beyond.”

Allston-Brighton Football Day

Photos by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer

  • Sharing history with Faust

    Sharing history with Faust

    President Drew Faust chats with Allston resident Addie Walsh. “It’s been a tradition coming here,” said Walsh, who used to bring her sons, now in their early 20s, to the festivities when they were young.

  • Music appreciation

    Music appreciation

    Birgit Swain and 22-month-old Elliot Swain of Brighton applaud the Harvard Band during the Allston-Brighton pre-game festivities.

  • Meeting the president

    Meeting the president

    Harvard School of Public Health graduate students Yvette Efevbera (left) and Olutoyin Okanlawon get a chance to meet President Faust at the Allston-Brighton Family Football Day tent.

  • Come blow your horn

    Come blow your horn

    Members of the Harvard Band gave a special serenade to Allston residents at the Allston-Brighton tent on Oct. 24. Sean Cuddihy ’11 (left) and Alexandra (Sandy) Bolm ’10 play baritone horns as the rain lightly falls.

  • Win tops the day

    Win tops the day

    On just the third play of the game, Harvard’s Chris Lorditch ’11 outruns two Princeton defenders to score a touchdown after catching a pass from quarterback Collier Winters ’11. The 77-yard pass was the longest pass play for the Crimson this season. Harvard won, 37-3.