Where is everybody on weekends?
At the King Mango Strut, one of the best parts is the after party which this year included four terrific bands on flatbed trucks performing all around the village. The crowds loved it. They were out drinking in the streets, dancing and really enjoying the whole vibe and I wonder why this can't be all the time. Why don't the big crowds come back after that? Or do we not want big crowds anymore?
We tried block parties one time; in the summer of 2009. But that was a lot of work, there was so much planning by the BID and a stage had to be set up and lights and it was a real project. But what if we just used a flatbed truck during the day? No stage, no lights, just the band, their sound equipment on a flatbed truck and a street closure - probably Commodore Plaza.
Whether it's the 18 Wheelers, Bobby Ingram or the fantastic kids of the School of Rock, the performances will draw people to the Grove, I am assuming.
Maybe we don't need so many people here anymore, like in the past, but there is a a great feeling of seeing so many people on the streets after the Strut, just enjoying the village, peacefully, happily and it's really what the Grove is all about.
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