Ybor Flash - Outback Bowl Blast 12/31/08
OUTBACK BOWL BLAST PARADE & PEP RALLY
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Ybor City will host the 23rd Anniversary Outback Bowl Parade and Pep Rally on Wednesday, December 31, 2008 (New Year’s Eve) from 5:30pm - 8:30pm. Several street closures will take place to accommodate the event. This event area is defined as 7th Avenue on the south, Palm Ave on the north, 14th Street on the west and 21st Street on the east. However, other streets may be closed for staging. On-street parking and public lot parking in the area will be limited. Pedestrian barricades will be installed starting at 1:30 pm on 7th Avenue from 14th St. to 26th St. No on-street parking will be permitted between 20th St. and 26th St. 7th Ave parking spaces from 14th St. to 20th St. will remain open for parking until 1:00 pm, at which time they will be closed with pedestrian barricades. Parking signs will be installed stating “No Parking After 1pm” where feasible. The event includes a parade of high school bands and the two college bands followed by a pep rally on the corner of 14th Street and 7th Avenue. 7th Avenue from Nick Nuccio Parkway to 21st Street and north/south side streets from 6th Ave to Palm will be closed at 4:30pm, unless crowds call for an earlier closure. Westbound traffic on Palm will be allowed to turn south on 15th Street to utilize the Centro Ybor Valet and Palm Ave Garage. The event will end at approximately 8:30pm. The pedestrian barricades will be removed following the parade, and 7th Ave will be re-opened at 9:00pm unless crowds dictate otherwise.
The Bus Drop Off for the Outback Bowl Parade will be on Palm Avenue west to Nebraska. The Bus Staging area will be along Nick Nuccio Pkwy. The Parade Staging will be on 7th Avenue east of 20th Street to 26th, on 20th Street between Palm and 5th Avenue, on 9th Avenue between 18th Street and 20th Street and 8th Avenue between 19th and 20th Street. The Centro Ybor and Palm Avenue Parking Garages will remain open throughout the day. Pre-collection will begin at 4:00pm at both garages, Centro Ybor ($8) and Palm Avenue ($6). The Centro Ybor Valet, located on 9th Avenue between 15th and 17th Streets, will operate continuously starting at 11:00am until about 2:00am the next morning. The TECO Line Streetcar will operate throughout the event and has extended their hours that evening until 2:00am the next morning, January 1st.
Event Staging…………………………………………………….. 1:30pm
Parade (on 7th Avenue from 20th to 14th Streets) ……… 5:30pm
Pep Rally (Parking Lot at 14th Street and 7th Ave) …….. 7:00pm-8:30pm
THIS EVENT IS SPONSORED BY THE OUTBACK BOWL AND CITY OF TAMPA. VENDING IS ONLY PERMITTED FROM 5:30PM-9:00PM. ALL VENDORS MUST REGISTER WITH THE CITY ZONING OFFICE (813/274-8405) BY MONDAY, DECEMBER 29TH AT 4:00pm. THIS EVENT IS NOT WETZONED, THEREFORE OPEN CONTAINERS OF ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGES ARE STRICTLY PROHIBITED FROM PUBLIC SIDEWALKS AND STREETS. NO GLASS CONTAINERS WILL BE ALLOWED ON BALCONIES OR PUBLIC RIGHT-OF-WAY. BALCONIES WILL BE REGULATED FOR OCCUPANCY AND CROWD CONTROL.
For event information, please call Jerry Kulig, Outback Bowl at 813/ 874-2695. For street closure information, please call Tampa Police Department Officer Paul Smalley at 813/310-3355. Thank you and Happy New Year!
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