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Archive for Saturday, October 7, 2006

KU fans flock downtown for party

Hundreds gather for homecoming event featuring bands, food

October 7, 2006

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Kansas University's pep band and spirit squad performed for the crowd at "Get Downtown," a homecoming party on Eighth Street, which was closed between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets.

Kansas University's pep band and spirit squad performed for the crowd at "Get Downtown," a homecoming party on Eighth Street, which was closed between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets.

Brock Cordova, 3, and his brother Creighton, 5, were pretty happy running around the downtown block party at 8 p.m. Friday on Eighth Street.

While they wore their blue Kansas University gear, the boys' mother, Cathy, said a KU homecoming victory today against Texas A&M would make them even happier.

With two live bands, food vendors, children's games and a beer line, people flocked for hours to the portion of the road between Massachusetts and New Hampshire streets that was closed for "Get Downtown."

"I think it's awesome. The only thing that would make it better I think is if they blocked all of Mass. Street off," Cathy Cordova said.

The Lawrence Chamber of Commerce, Downtown Lawrence Inc. and the KU Alumni Association teamed up for the event to showcase downtown and to coincide with KU's homecoming activities.

Lawrence residents front left, Bailey Sarna, 6, and Abby Monroe, 5, and Jerlyn and Michael Monore cheer along with the Rock Chalk dancers, the KU Cheerleaders and others while a block party was held to help promote KU's Homecoming game against Texas A & M at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Memorial Stadium.

Lawrence residents front left, Bailey Sarna, 6, and Abby Monroe, 5, and Jerlyn and Michael Monore cheer along with the Rock Chalk dancers, the KU Cheerleaders and others while a block party was held to help promote KU's Homecoming game against Texas A & M at 11 a.m. tomorrow at Memorial Stadium.

KU's pep band, spirit squad and Jayhawk mascots made an early appearance.

After the sun went down, the scene resembled a smaller and tamer version of Bourbon Street. While the Michael Beers Band and Dr. Zhivegas, a funk and disco band, played on stage, people of all ages either danced in the streets or did their best to carry on a conversation.

"We need to do this a lot more often. A lot more often," said Joshua Marvin, 23, a Lawrence construction worker.

A security guard for the event estimated the crowd to be 800 people at 8 p.m. Others had come and gone as they browsed downtown shops and made stops at restaurants.

Event organizers said they chose the street because of interest from vendors. It would not disrupt much traffic flow, they said.

Aaron Sherwood, a KU alumnus from Lawrence, said the event helped fans get ready for today's game.

"I've been looking forward to this all week. I'm pretty excited. I think it's good to show off Lawrence, especially to people just coming into town for the game," he said.

Larry and Carol Stevens, of Lawrence, sampled food and recovered from a long wait in the beer line.

They said they enjoyed the music and the atmosphere.

"It's a good, wholesome environment," Larry Stevens said. "It's an awesome turnout. I don't know where you'd put anybody else."

Comments

Richard Ballard 8 years, 2 months ago

I just hope no one suffered hearing damage.

I live over near the Holidome (2nd. & McDonald) area, and the bands were so loud even that far away, it sounded like they were just down the street.

I finally gave up trying to hear TV and closed all the windows. The bass was still rattling dishes in the china cabinet until almost 11:00 PM.

I thought Lawrence had a noise ordnance?

rcmodel

lynnd 8 years, 2 months ago

It may have been loud but it was super fun and a great way to bring people together for something different.

beavisishot 8 years, 2 months ago

geez rcmodel, get off of you butt and support your community instead of staring at the tv and whining about something really cool. get a life and don't be such a stick in the mud, you might find out that it's fun. screw the noise ordinance, lawrence needs a whiny baby ordinance for rcmodel.

roger_o_thornhill 8 years, 2 months ago

Something different? Going downtown to listen to music and drink. I think that has been done. I used to do that 10 years ago and I don't think it was new then.

I wonder if bevisishot would say "screw the noise ordinance" if I moved in next door with my Highland Pipes. Maybe...maybe not. That's what ordinances are for. Anyways I don't think it kicks in until 11:30 or something like that.

lynnd 8 years, 2 months ago

Well Roger it's not like the city blocks off a street, has a live band outside, and allows beer in the street frequently, so yes, it was 'something different.' There were a heck of a lot of people downtown who probably don't normally go downtown, with their kids, on a Friday night. It was a pretty neat event.

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