August 11, 2006

Dancing in the Streets

Marvin Gaye sang an upbeat song that swept the country and got people dancing and singing along. Now our neighbors in The Colony are taking that song literaly... Residents of The Colony will be Dancing in the Streets on August 12 at 5:00 p.m. In an event called the Hometown Hoedown.

The event is part of a carnival that is running from August 9th to August 13th

Callin' out around the world,
are you ready for a brand new beat?
Summer's here and the time is right,

for dancing in the street.
Dancing in Chicago (dancing in the street),

in New York City (dancing in the street)...

A giant dance, dubbed the Hometown Hoedown will be held on the section of Blair Oaks Drive between the Five-Star Complex and The Colony High School. The dance will feature Country and Western band Empty Pockets. It's a first-time event that The Colony recreation director David Swain hopes will draw between 1,500 to 2,000 dancers. The roadway will serve as the dance floor, Swain said. "It will be an authentic street dance."

The city has hosted the carnival on a few occasions in the past, Swain said. It will feature the usual assortment of rides and attractions, including a Ferris wheel, merry-go-round and other favorites.

The Parks and Recreation Department decided to host the dance based on a series of requests from residents, Swain said. "We've had the carnival before, but this is the first time that we've packaged it with a street dance," Swain said.

Blair Oaks will close between Arbor Glen Road and Nawlins Road at about 3:00 p.m. August. 12 for the dance.


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