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Fun for all on Broadway's Party in the Street

Kids had fun checking out the inflatable displays at Friday's Party in the Street. (Lowell Anderson/Echo Press)

People of all ages celebrated the completion of the first two phases of Alexandria's Broadway Friday with a Party in the Street.

There were inflatable bouncy houses for the kids, a beer garden for the adults, a vintage car show, street dance, bean bag tournament, and music and food for everyone.

The party, hosted by the Downtown Merchants Association, also gave the public an idea of how Broadway will look after the construction is done, showcasing new sidewalks, benches and planters.

City leaders described the party as a "once in a lifetime" event because it was was taking place on a state highway. The construction project, which closed Broadway at Sixth Avenue, made it possible. 

Finishing touches are still being made on the first two phases but the main work is done. Work on the third and final phase of the project, from Sixth to Eighth Avenue, will start August 11.

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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