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Party hits the streets

Sisters Kaili (left) and Leilani Deutscher of Madison, Wisconsin clap and encourage their turtles to go faster at Party in the Street. They were in town to visit their grandparents. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press) 1 / 6
Tables started filling up early Friday for Party in the Street. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press)2 / 6
Two-year-old Landen Johnson of Alexandria splashes in the water from a sprinkler set up by the Alexandria Fire Department at last Friday's Party in the Street. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press) 3 / 6
Children burn off energy in a bouncy house at the Party in the Street in Alexandria last Friday. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press) 4 / 6
Bean bag players take aim at last Friday's Party in the Street on Broadway in Alexandria. (Celeste Edenloff / Echo Press) 5 / 6
A row of Harley Davidsons gleam in the sunshine at Party in the Street last Friday. (Al Edenloff / Echo Press)6 / 6

For the fifth year in a row, downtown Alexandria was transformed into a party zone last Friday.

The "Party in the Street" featured activities for all ages set up on Broadway between Fourth and Seventh avenues, including a Family Zone with inflatables, turtle races, treats and a sprinkler shower provided by the fire department for kids to cool off under. Under a bright sunny sky and temperatures in the mid to upper 70s, a steady stream of children danced and splashed in the water.

Other attractions included a beer garden, vintage cars and tractors, craft beer samples, a bean bag tournament, food stands, a motorcycle rally hosted by Apol's Harley-Davidson and a street dance.

The party, with approval from the Minnesota Department of Transportation, was first held four years ago to mark the completion of the Broadway reconstruction project. The celebration was such a success that it became an annual event.

Al Edenloff

Al Edenloff is the news and opinion page editor for the Echo Press. He was born in Alexandria and lived most of his childhood in Parkers Prairie. He graduated with honors from Moorhead State University with a degree in mass communications, print journalism. He interned at the Echo Press in the summer of 1983 and was hired a year later as a sports reporter. He also worked as a news reporter/photographer. Al is a four-time winner of the Minnesota Newspaper Association's Herman Roe Award, which honors excellence in editorial writing.  

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