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Expo to try new route


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Saturday’s Ethnic Expo Parade has been rerouted due to a delay in construction at the intersection of Fourth and Washington streets.

City officials had approved an alternate route Tuesday at the Board of Public Works meeting. That change was made official Thursday.

The new route for the 11 a.m. parade starts at the intersection of Eighth and Brown and will bypass the construction zone. Parade participants will travel east to Washington Street, south to Fifth Street and west to Brown Street.

“We really just wanted to make sure we had public

safety in mind,” said Mary Ferdon, director of community development, which organizes Ethnic Expo, a citywide celebration of diversity.

In the past, the parade was routed to go farther south, to Third Street, and west to Brown Street.

“(The new route) is going to make it much simpler for us,” Columbus Police Department Chief Jason Maddix said. “We won’t have to close down a state highway. We won’t have to close down Third Street.”

About 15 CPD and Bartholomew County Sheriff’s Department officers will be assigned to the parade route.

“We’re going to have officers watching for kids running out from the curb trying to get the candy,” Maddix said. “We want them to have candy. We just want them to have candy without getting hurt.”

Meanwhile, Niraj Desai told The Republic on Thursday that the India booth is planning to have a flash-mob performance at 6 p.m. today and 5:30 p.m. Saturday.

“We currently have a group of 50-plus people who are practicing for this and hope to perform on both days,” Desai said. “This is being attempted at Ethnic Expo for the very first time.”

Ethnic Expo is expected to draw thousands of visitors to downtown Columbus today and Saturday, although the city has no official suggestion for public parking.

County lots north and south of the Bartholomew County Jail on Second Street are open to the public. Parking garages on Second Street and Fourth Street also are available for public parking.

From 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. today, the city will run a free lunch shuttle from Mill Race Park to downtown Columbus.

On Saturday, the city will offer free rides on the regular ColumBUS routes and the Call-A-Bus. The regular routes will shut down at 11 a.m. for the Ethnic Expo Parade and resume at 1 p.m.

A route also will run from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday from Mill Race Park to the downtown Columbus area, shuttling participants from the Kiwanis’ Duck Splash event and Ethnic Expo.

If you go

WHAT: Ethnic Expo 2012

WHEN: 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. today and Saturday.

WHERE: First and Washington streets, around Columbus City Hall, 123 Washington St.

PARADE: 11 a.m., Saturday, starting at Eighth and Brown streets.

FIREWORKS: 8:15 p.m. Saturday

WHAT ELSE: Admission is free. A free shuttle from Mill Race Park will be provided by ColumBUS transit between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. Friday. Parking will not be available in The Republic’s private lot.

Entertainment schedule

Today

11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Beat in the street, Washington and First streets, ethnic drum rhythms.

5:30 to 6:20 p.m. Celtica, First Street Stage, Celtic Rock.

6:20 to 7 p.m. Hoosieritos, City Hall Plaza, Brazilian drums; students of IU Jacobs School of Music.

7 to 8 p.m. Ipanema, First Stage Stage, Traditional Brazilian music.

8 to 9:30 p.m. Mother Grove, City Hall Plaza, Celtic Rock.

Saturday

Noon to 12:30 p.m. Southern Indiana Pipes and Drums, City Hall Steps, Scottish Bagpipes.

12:30 to 1 p.m. Indianapolis Minyo Dancers, First Street Stage.

1 to 2 p.m. Dem Reggae Bon, City Hall Plaza, Reggae Rock.

2 to 2:45 p.m. North Star Capoeira Street, near First Street Stage, Brazilian Martial Arts.

2:45 to 3:15 p.m. Capoeira workshop for kids, near First Street stage, Brazilian Martial Arts workshop for kids.

2:45 to 3:45 p.m. Griot, City Hall Plaza, African drums and storytelling.

3:45 to 4:15 p.m. Irish Dancers of Indianapolis, First Street Stage, traditional dances from Ireland.

4:15 to 4:45 p.m. Dance Street, City Hall Plaza, Brazilian and Latin dances.

4:45 to 5 p.m. Hudsucker Posse, City Hall Plaza, Hoop Troupe.

5 to 6 p.m. Craig & The Crawdads, First Street Stage, Boogie Woogie Cajun mix.

6 to 7:30 p.m. Chicago Samba, City Hall Plaza, Samba.

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