Dancin’ In the Streets

26th Annual Dancin’ in the Streets wel­comes record crowd to Down­town Stuart

Thank you to the thou­sands who enjoyed Down­town Stuart’s annual street party

DITS logo 2013 pinkStu­art Main Street and the Down­town Busi­ness Asso­ci­a­tion (DBA) of Stu­art announced today that last weekend’s Dancin’ in the Streets drew a record-breaking crowd of over 7,000 peo­ple to Down­town Stuart.

It was an awe­some night,” said plan­ning com­mit­tee chair Bill Moore. “The weather, music, and pub­lic­ity all worked together to bring every­one out in sup­port of Down­town Stuart!”

The annual Street Party and Music Fes­ti­val is Down­town Stuart’s biggest fundraiser, help­ing to pay for pro­mot­ing Down­town Stu­art all year with pop­u­lar attrac­tions like the Rock’n River­walk music series, Christ­mas on Main Street Down­town Christ­mas Tree Light­ing, and local and regional adver­tis­ing cam­paigns. “Since we dis­con­tin­ued our Pirate Fest fundraiser last year, Dancin’ in the Street has become our pri­mary fundraiser,” explained DBA Pres­i­dent, Patty O’Connell. “With the suc­cess of this year’s event we hope to do more to keep our down­town vibrant and healthy.” The fundraiser also sup­ports eco­nomic and revi­tal­iza­tion ini­tia­tives in the Down­town area, such as the pop­u­lar out­door din­ing areas intro­duced Down­town last year.

After a near rain out in 2012, this year event orga­niz­ers expanded the fes­ti­val to run from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m., brought in food trucks and an expanded children’s area, and added advance ticket sales. “The advance tick­ets were a huge hit,” said Stu­art Main Street Pres­i­dent, Patty McAuley. “Fri­day evening peo­ple were lit­er­ally hunt­ing them down at var­i­ous loca­tions.” Fes­ti­val orga­niz­ers offered the advance ticket at a $5 discount.

This year’s event was orga­nized by a core com­mit­tee of down­town sup­port­ers and staffed by almost 200 vol­un­teers. It is also sup­ported by annual spon­sors Sea­coast National Bank, South­ern Eagle Dis­trib­ut­ing, Schu­macher Music, and Crown Car Care. Event spon­sors included United Way of Mar­tin County, Duffy’s Down­town Stu­art, Trea­sure Coast Mul­ti­me­dia , Felix Asso­ciates of Florida, SVI Sys­tems Inc., Frame­works HR Con­sult­ing , Howard Alan Events, Mag­gie and Roger Bernot, Michael Wahl, McCarthy, Sum­mers, Bobko, Wood, Nor­man, Bass & Melby PA, Ocean Gate Con­struc­tion, Inc., Proc­tor, Crook, Crow­der and Fogal CPA, the Tobacco Free Part­ner­ship of Mar­tin County, Water Pointe Realty Group, Fer­raro Law Group, PL, and Shuck­ers & Island Beach Resort; Media Spon­sors Coast 101.3, Jack FM and Scripps Trea­sure Coast News­pa­pers; Food Spon­sors Bagel Broth­ers of NY, Santo’s Pizza Restau­rant, The Fresh Mar­ket, BMerry Gas­tro Pub, Pel­i­can Cafe, Ellie’s Down­town Deli, and Eigh­teenth Semi­nole Street.