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7/3/08

4th on Broadway Preview

Thursday night's centennial street dance was the kick-off event for this year's 4th on Broadway Festival. While rain showers got the event off to a wet start, folks still came out to enjoy the food and entertainment.

Fourth on Broadway attracts about 100,000 people each year. On Friday, there will be a parade, a street fair, an outdoor concert, and of course fireworks. 

The morning starts at 9 a.m. with the parade on down Broadway. The route starts at the Civic Center and ends at the Texas Tech campus. The parade lasts for about two hours and has more than 100 float entries.

Immediately following the parade, the street fair begins. People were already setting up booths Thursday evening.  More than 50 vendors and 9 stages will be set up for people to enjoy food and local music.

The celebration ends with a bang at Mackenzie Park with a free outdoor concert and fireworks finale. Mac Davis and Lonestar's Richie McDonald are headlining the concert.

"What I like most about this festival is it's a free event. We bill ourselves as the largest free fair festival in the state of Texas, and indeed we are. And it's just a whole community that gets involved in this," says Gary Davis, vice president of Broadway Festivals.

One big question is, where can you park? You have a few options. There is a free lot at 40th and Avenue A. Lubbock Police will patrol the area and Citibus will provide a free shuttle to the event starting at 4 p.m. There are also parking lots closer to the concert by the Windmill Power Center and at Nutmeg and Broadway, but it'll cost you $5 to park there.

The closest parking spot you can get is right across the street if you buy a Premiere Seating ticket by clicking here, or at the street fair, for $25. This ticket will get you a great parking spot and a chance to sit right up front at the concert.

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