If not exactly singing in the rain, downtown crowds were shopping and strolling Thursday evening as pre-April showers fell.

The occasion was the Shop & Stroll Into Spring promotion, organized by the town and the Chamber of Commerce to showcase the diversity of local merchants as well as special deals on offer.

Participants in the central shopping district included the Beehive, which treated visitors with custom cocktails made from mixes sold in the store.

Sweet Rexie's had Prosecco and chocolates at the ready, while Magic Beans offered some magic bubbly.

The Fairfield University Bookstore even had a couple of hip-hop dancers on hand to strut their stuff out front.