May 18, 2012

Alive on 185

More than a decade ago, East 185th Street in Cleveland used to come alive every summer. Carnival rides would slowly roll into the Oliver Hazard Perry Elementary School playgrounds and the street would be taken over by street vendors and food carts. The festival was marked each year by a parade down 185th Street, and the week-long event brought hundreds of people to the area.

Although the festival is long gone, the Northeast Shores Development Corporation is working hard to bring that same spirit back to East 185th Street. For its fourth year, Alive on 185 brings back remnants of the old festival tradition and encourages residents to once again become involved in the community.

This year's Alive on 185 celebration will take place on Saturday, May 19. A parade will kick off the festivities at 11 a.m., spanning from Villaview Road to Lakeshore Boulevard. After the parade, restaurants and store owners will set up tables along 185th Street selling a variety of goods. Select restaurants will offer discounts on food items throughout the day.

Volunteers are also needed during the morning of the day of the event to help clean up Euclid Beach State Park. The clean up project lasts from 9-10:30 a.m., with volunteers picking up debris and conducting water quality tests. All volunteers will receive a free taco and a gift card for a free burrito, courtesy of Chili Peppers.

The event is sponsored by Northeast Shores and the East 185th Street Merchants, Professionals and Development Association.

Alive on 185 hours:
Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m.-5 p.m.

For more information about the event or Northeast Shores, visit Northeast Shores blog.

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