“Party in the Street- 2015 is Official”

(Alexandria, MN) After receiving the official go-ahead from MnDOT, the Alexandria Downtown Merchants Association (ADMA) is going ahead with plans to host a second annual “Party in the Street.”

Friday, July 31st several blocks in the newly revitalized downtown region will be blocked off for the celebration. (2:00pm to midnight)

NastyHabit-alexandria-2014The original “Party in the Street” celebration was held on August 1, 2014 to mark the half-way point of construction being done on Broadway Street. Organizers and participants spoke loudly, saying in unison, “Let’s do that again!” The Downtown Merchants Association and the City of Alexandria paid attention and approved this years’ celebration. Because Broadway Street is a state highway (Highway 29) and therefore is regulated in part by the State of Minnesota, the final caveat was the approval by the Minnesota Department of Transportation for the group’s alternative traffic plan.

Formal activities begin downtown at 3:00pm with the opening of the beer gardens by RAAPER’s Eatery and Ale. Then at 4:00pm there will be a Vintage Car Show on the 400 block and the Family Zone opens up on the 600 block. In between all of that, downtown restaurants will also begin serving food outdoors at 4:00pm.

Although the food and beverages are available for purchase, there are a host of activities that are free of charge. Within the Family Fun Zone there will be bouncy houses, a “SLOW” bike race, and much more. There will be live music on the street, capped off by the featured band “SWITCH”.

They will play from 8:00pm to 11:00pm. There will also be a Bean Bag Tournament on the 500 block.

Several downtown shops will be open during the early part of the evening and the street will be opened up for traffic, shortly after midnight.