Posted December 30, 2006 08:36 am - Updated December 30, 2006 08:37 am

Viewing starts; concessions to be sold

INSIDE JAMES BROWN ARENA -- Viewing has begun for the body of James Brown -- dressed in a black suit with rhinestones and a red shirt. Nearby is a large, 4-by-3 foot painting of the Godfather of Soul, singing in front of a microphone, holding up his hand in front of a background of blue sky, clouds and water. Meanwhile, officials said concession stands at the arena will be open throughout the day, selling the usual fare of sodas, water, popcorn and hot dogs for the thousands of people expected to attend today's services. However, civic center officials drew the line with alcohol at the Godfather of Soul's funeral. They will not serve beer. --Justin Boron