'Get your dancing shoes ready,' Cherry Blossom Festival Chair says
The Cherry Blossom Festival Street Party returns to downtown Macon on March 24, 2018. Here are five things you need to know about the event that is expected to attract thousands.
1. A whole lotta funk, soul and country tunes
The street party returned to the festival in 2017 with the crowd able to feel the funk emanating from concert headliner George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic.
This year, the Queen of Funk, Chaka Khan, will grace the stage in the heart of downtown.
Khan was twice inducted in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame for both her solo career and with the soulful Rufus band. The platinum selling songstress is most known for her hits "I Feel For You" and "Ain't Nobody."
2. Rain or shine
But even if the skies do open, don't fret, because the party will still go on for this ran or shine event.
The temperature should be a comfortable 70 degrees when the concert starts and dip into the 50s by the final act, according to weather.com.
3. The party's all in one place
The concert will be on a single stage in downtown Macon after the success of last year's new setup.
The Street Party will remain at the intersection of Cotton Avenue and Poplar Street. Gates open at 3 p.m., and the concert runs from 4-11 p.m.
Reminder: Buy your tickets early to save some money. Tickets are $20 online or if purchased in advance at the Cherry Blossom Gift Shop, Hargray Capitol Theatre, the Rookery or El Camino. Tickets are $25 at the gate.
4. What you can and can’t bring
To save time getting through the gates, please be aware of what you can and cannot bring to the party.
Restricted items are: backpacks, outside food or drink, weapons, pets, and coolers. Flash photography and taking video of the performances is also prohibited.
Folding lawn chairs are allowed.
There will be plenty of food and drinks on sale throughout the concerts — and enough memorable moments to replay.
5. It’s called a street party for a reason
But at the street party dancing is encouraged. So when the rhythm takes control of your body, feel free to let loose.