‘Get Your Gator On’ at United Downtown

This will be the last event of the 2013 football season


Published: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 3:08 p.m.

Now in their third year, the United Downtown street parties will come to a close Friday, but only until next fall.

Facts

UNITED DOWNTOWN

* What: The last United Downtown street party of the 2013 football season.
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* When: 6-10 p.m. Friday.

* Where: Downtown Gainesville along 1st Street between University Avenue and SE 2nd Avenue.

* Information: Call 352-331-2800.

Presented by United Way of North Central Florida, the last United Downtown event this football season will be held from 6-10 p.m. Friday in downtown Gainesville along 1st Street between University Avenue and SE 2nd Avenue.

United Downtown offers activities for the entire family — including a children's play area, an outdoor beer garden, music, lots of food, craft and business vendors, and weekly themes — before the University of Florida home football games. This year, events were held the Friday before four of the home games.

On Friday, Gainesville-based "Fast Lane," a seven-piece band that plays a blend of rhythm & blues, funk, soul and rock and roll, will perform from 8-10 p.m. at the Bo Diddley Downtown Plaza. Jimi Ray Carlton and the Kings will open for Fast Lane. Also, those attending can enjoy karaoke and photos with UF mascots Albert and Alberta.

"This is your last chance to ‘Get Your Gator On' at United Downtown" said Sarah Coulson, communications specialist of marketing at United Way.

The theme for Friday will be "Gators Ride, Rock & Roll" and featured will be a car show and Harley Davidson motorcycles with the newly released 2014 bikes. Activities on Friday will include the O2B Kids! play zone, the outdoor beer garden featuring Swamp Head beer, vendors and music. Food vendors will offer seafood, shrimp and grits, peanut butter hamburgers, pizza, snow cones and more.

Coulson said this year's United Downtown surpassed previous years in attendance and activities. She said there was more of everything.

"We had so much this year," Coulson said. "Having a theme has made it more unique."

Coulson said United Way will continue to build on this year's success and probably will continue to offer four themed events next year.

Debbie Mason, president and CEO of United Way, offered comments in a press release.

"This year's event series has been exciting! With the collaboration of the community, we've been able to host each week with a different theme," Mason said. "We look forward to continuing to celebrate the best in Gainesville sports, business, arts and music. The themes allow United Way of North Central Florida to showcase the diversity in our community and bring something new to our guests at each event."

Coulson encouraged the community to come out.

"Join us for the fourth and final United Downtown event of the season," she said. "‘Gators Ride, Rock & Roll' will have cars, Harleys, scooters, great music, great beer by Swamp Head Brewery, and much more. You don't want to miss out on this fun night that supports our community, local businesses and United Way of North Central Florida."

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