Downtown streets close at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for Block Party

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Posted 10/30/17

Plans are set for the 30th annual MainStreet

Cleveland Halloween Block Party on Tuesday, from 5 to 10 p.m.That includes closing several streets around the Bradley County Courthouse Square, …

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Downtown streets close at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday for Block Party

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Plans are set for the 30th annual MainStreet Cleveland Halloween Block Party on Tuesday, from 5 to 10 p.m.

That includes closing several streets around the Bradley County Courthouse Square, according to Sharon Marr, executive director of MainStreet Cleveland.

Downtown streets will begin to close at 11:30 a.m.  Ocoee, Broad and Church streets will be temporarily closed from Inman Street to Central Avenue. 

First Street and Second Street will be temporarily closed from Worth Street to Parker Street.  Centenary Avenue from Ocoee Street to Harle Avenue will be temporarily closed, as well as a section of Harle Avenue from Willow Street to 13th Street. 

It is recommended not to park on the streets inside the Block Party venue after 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, as several vendors will be setting up their booths in less than four hours, Marr said.

The vendors bring an extra excitement to the festival with all types of foods including barbecue ribs, grilled chicken, hamburgers, hotdogs, funnel cakes, treats for the kids, games and much more.

Mars Chocolate sponsors "Treat Street" which is open from 6 to 9 p.m.  It’s a highlight of the evening where thousands of area children are delighted to get a big grocery bag of candy.  "Treat Street" is located on Church Street in front of the Police Services Center.  The Block Party venue includes Church Street, Ocoee Street, Broad Street, and First and Second Street.  

Entertainment begins at 5 p.m. on the Check Into Cash Main Stage at the Courthouse Plaza.  The evening opens with dance performances Cleveland Dance and Performing Center.     

At 6 p.m. the Sullivan Band takes the stage.  Sullivan Band is a five-piece band from Chattanooga and Dayton playing a wide variety of music genres, including but not limited to classic rock, Southern rock, country, blues, funk, soul and Motown.   

 A new stage has been added to this year’s event. The Back Alley Stage is located behind Craigmiles Hall in the Back Alley Gallery.  This stage will feature local favorite Convertibull beginning at 6:30.  

At 8 p.m., Block Party patrons will get to enjoy the showmanship and Motown sounds of the band “The Answer Band.”  The Answer Band had been playing around the Southeast for over 20 years.  The Answer Band performs Motown, Soul, and Funk classics, along with fun party hits of today. 

Entertainment continues through the evening on the Fun Stage at the Post Office Annex. It starts with the Costume Contest at 6 p.m.  Trophies and candy courtesy of Mars Chocolate will be awarded in several age categories.  At 7 p.m. on the Fun Stage, Velocity of Sound DJ’s serve up electronic dance music and a great light show.    

Sponsors include, at the Platinum level: Mars Chocolate North America and Check Into Cash.  Gold level includes Cleveland Police Department, Coca-Cola Consolidated Bottling Company; silver level sponsors are Andrew Johnson Bank, DARE/Bradley County Sheriff’s Office, Pinnacle Financial Partners, Larry Hill Ford, Pioneer Jewelry, Pioneer Auto, and Waste Connections of Tennessee.   Bronze sponsors include Cleveland State Community College, G. Scott Kanavos, First Tennessee Bank and Wacker Charleston. 

In-kind sponsors include Apple Valley Orchard, Bradley County, city of Cleveland, Cleveland/Bradley Courts Community Service, Cleveland Daily Banner, Cleveland Utilities, Cooke’s Food Store and Super Savers, Cleveland Utilities, Keep America Beautiful, Shannon & Associates Advertising Group, WCLE Mix 104.1 and 101.3 Buzz.

 The City of Cleveland, in partnership with MainStreet, has created an interactive web map for this year’s 30th Halloween Block Party.  The interactive map utilizes GIS technology (geographic information system) .

The goal of this project is to better help Block Party guests more easily locate the event’s different activities. The 2017 Block Party map includes: road barricades; fire; police; medical staff stations; concert stage locations; Treat Street; restroom locations; bounce houses and the lost child station.

The interactive map is also mobile responsive, to allow residents and visitors to access this information during the event. The interactive map can be accessed by going to: https://gis.clevelandtn.gov/BlockParty or www.mainstreetcleveland.com.

For complete details on this free family event, contact MainStreet Cleveland at 479-1000 or visit it on Facebook or the website at www.mainstreetcleveland.com.    


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It is recommended not to park on the streets inside the Block Party venue after 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, as several vendors will be setting up their booths in less than four hours.

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