First Friday returns to Downtown St. Pete
Downtown St. Pete’s favorite free block party is back after a brief two-month hiatus.
First Friday St. Pete was paused indefinitely in November due to what organizers said was a lack of funding.
The block party sprawled Central Avenue on the first Friday of each month for 20 years. But the $12,000 per month price tag — due to things like insurance, city sanitation, police, permits and production — became too high for organizers, the Breakfast Optimist Club, to handle.
So, less than two months later, local businesses stepped in to keep the party going.
First Friday St. Pete is now sponsored by several Downtown businesses including Mary Margaret’s Olde Irish Tavern, Welcome to the Farm, Good Night John Boy, CMK Construction Inc. and My Florida Bath.
Business owners previously said they were happy to support the event because of the money it brings in.
“It is one of the best nights of the month for business. We do pull in the most money that weekend,” Lauren Ambrosi, general manager of the Crafty Squirrel, said in November.
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