There are few more celebrate American images than that of a community parade, kids waving pinwheels as the fire truck comes down the street, families playing games and good food on the grill – the neighborhood block party. Recently named an All-America City, what better way for the City of Chandler to celebrate the completion of construction and the opening of a new City Hall then with a traditional block party.
Well, a block party with an expected attendance around 8,000.
On Saturday, November 20th, Historic Downtown Chandler will be closed off to vehicle traffic on Arizona Avenue from Frye Road to Chandler Boulevard. The 2010 Downtown Chandler Block Party, which takes place from noon-8:00pm, will showcase the events and businesses that have made the downtown area so popular.
Admission is free and the event will include a series of “mini events” that will showcase the festivals and special events offered year round downtown, including a farmers market and art walk featuring 56 artists from around the Valley. There will be a variety of food vendors, live entertainment on a community stage, tours of the new City Hall, a noontime ceremony dedicating recent streetscape improvements, and Dickens carolers strolling among the crowd. Additionally, the Block Party will kick off the “Home for the Holiday’s” season with a free skating rink for children and illumination of downtown’s holiday lights.
Gangplank will have a booth on the street, as well as be open to the public. The winning photographs from the Chandler Photo Throwdown will be on display for viewing, as well as be part of silent auction benefitting the Downtown Chandler Community Foundation.