Parts of festival move to Broad

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Parts of this year's Arts in the Heart of Augusta Festival will move from Reynolds Street to Broad Street, the Greater Augusta Arts Council announced Wednesday.

Because of the construction of the convention center and parking deck on Reynolds Street, the arts and crafts fair will be held on Broad Street near the Augusta Common.

"Last year, our fine artists asked for shade. This move accommodates their requests for shade as well as increased visibility and abundant power," said Grace Inman, the festivals chairwoman of fine arts and crafts.

Two stages will move to Eighth and Ninth streets, but the Global Village will remain on the Common, she said.

The annual festival will run from Sept. 16 to 18.

"It was a pleasant surprise to learn that the traffic light project on Broad Street included upgrades to the electrical system designed to accommodate street festivals," said Brenda Durant, the executive director of the Greater Augusta Arts Council.

She said the Downtown Development Authority of Augusta and the festival committee will devise an alternate parking plan.

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corgimom
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corgimom 03/23/11 - 06:39 pm
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I seem to remember the ACES

I seem to remember the ACES writing an editorial talking about how the Gay Pride Parade would negatively affect businesses along its route.

I looked for a similar article about the St. Patrick's Day parade, but missed it. *snort*

I guess the same is going to be true of this festival, too.

How is it that businesses aren't disrupted and don't need to close for these events, but they would be for the Gay Pride Parade?

Just My Opinion
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Just My Opinion 03/23/11 - 07:25 pm
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Uh, because it's a GAY PRIDE

Uh, because it's a GAY PRIDE parade and these businesses don't feel they want to be associated with it?? I know your question was rhetorical, but I felt an obvious answer to your obvious question was obviously necessary. I think it's the business owners' right to stay open or closed during any event they feel led. People shouldn't have to be pressured to be politically correct just because a minority group tries to make them feel that way.

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momster59 03/23/11 - 07:37 pm
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Uh, just my opinion??? I

Uh, just my opinion??? I live downtown and personally know many of the business owners. Most were absolutely delighted to have the parade and all the business it brought before and after. Only AC seemed to think that this was a detriment. The businesses downtown not only supported the Pride Parade, but posted the flyers and banners advertising it. It brought a lot of people to their shops.

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AutumnLeaves 03/23/11 - 10:25 pm
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I didn't go to the gay pride

I didn't go to the gay pride parade because I preferred not to see inappropriate conduct as displayed in other cities' gay pride parades. And I didn't go to the St. Patrick's Day parade either because it is not held at a time when public school students can attend (yes, there are Irish and Irish Catholics in public schools). Also, the last few times I went to the parade, I saw the same "dance" moves by a high school that have been widely reported as offensive year after year, that to put it nicely, are not family friendly, so it's just as well most local children aren't there, unless that exhibitionism has changed. I didn't want to risk an otherwise pleasant celebration being ruined by another vulgar visual assault of "dance" moves that would get students expelled in the past. I wonder what St. Patrick would have done if he had seen THAT in Ireland?

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corgimom 03/24/11 - 07:07 pm
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Sure, AL, but all the adults

Sure, AL, but all the adults that are dead drunk on Broad St on St. Patrick's Day- that's not a problem, it's just the high school girls.

"Otherwise pleasant". Guess people have different standards than you do. I never think it's pleasant to see drunks. I'd rather watch girls dance than deal with a drunken fool.

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