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News season of Downtown After 5 kicks off with Mardi Grad theme

North Lexington Avenue near I-240 was blocked off Friday night for the first Downtown After 5 celebration of 2017. (Photo credit: WLOS staff)

North Lexington Avenue near I-240 was blocked off Friday night for the first Downtown After 5 celebration of 2017.

There's a different theme this year: Mardi Gras, a throwback to the early days of Downtown After 5.

And visitors said it was nice to get downtown for something familiar.

"I don't see much difference, that's why I keep coming. It's a nice gathering of people, good food and drinks and good bands. We try and make the most of it," spectator Dennis Gilton said.

Friday is the first of five of these events, which run on the every third Friday of the month, from May through September.

The featured bands for the kickoff are are the High and Mighty Brass Band and the Josh Phillips Big Band.

There will be a second line parade in between the two bands.

Come on downtown! Five p.m. to 9 p.m. Friday night.


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