Second Annual Meet Me On The Promenade: Downtown Boca Draws Thousands To Come Early, Stay Late…Where Something For Everyone Awaits
Thousands filled the streets of Downtown Boca for the destination’s second annual Meet Me On The Promenade this weekend as visitors from Miami to Wellington came early and stayed late to take in the event’s Stroll, Shop & Savor self-guided tour of all there was to “see and do” at the street fest. While effects of Hurricane Sandy weather cancelled Friday night activities, the spirit on Saturday was far from dampened as more than 7,000 clad in symbolic pink began their route through parts of Downtown Boca in the 11th Annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and then stayed to enjoy event festivities.
Offering something for everyone, the day and night featured live entertainment, family-friendly programming, Halloween Happenings! and “after parties”. The Saturday jam-packed line-up featured an exciting day and night of live entertainment on several stages, plenty of “friends and family” fun and free staged “Fall For Downtown Boca” keepsake photo opportunities both inside a gigantic “walk in” commemorative globe and next to the Office Depot Tony Stewart NASCAR show car. Event goers venturing on the Stroll, Shop, & Savor Downtown Boca discovery tour sponsored by Coldwell Banker and Kaye Communications, enjoyed the Office Depot Foundation sponsored Family Zone with family playground hosted by Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC; the Allianz Championship sponsored Sports Zone with an inflatable golf driving range and Miami Dolphins interactive activities; the mod.dog Salon & Boutique hosted Doggie Depot; a classic and antique car showcase sponsored by the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton and a mini-showcase hosted by Mizner Park; an Art Attack Artists and Crafters Expo, Chamber Village hosted by the Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce, and plenty sidewalk shopping, dining specials, retail discounts, “chances to win”, and much more served up by Downtown Boca shops, salons, spas and restaurants.
The Health-Full Community included “Ask Your Doctor” sessions hosted by the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the Community Corner was filled with vital nonprofits with a variety of missions. Making the event more “bike-able” this year, Comerica Bank partnered with the Boca Raton Bicycle Club and Bike Generation to offer VIB (Very Important Bicyclist) parking and bike safety check-ups at its Downtown Boca branch.
Offering a blend of “fun” and “fund” raising, Downtown Boca debuted three versions of Boca Downtowners via its Cocktails-4-Charity that benefited Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Office Depot Foundation, and Junior League of Boca Raton Saturday. The street fest’s afternoon and evening schedule featured memorable Halloween Happenings! including a costume contest for children and families, a pet costume showcase, shop-to-shop “trick or treating”, early family dining specials and “Happy Halloween Hours”, BeetleJuice’s Rock ‘N Roll Monster Revue and “after parties” at participating Downtown Boca pubs and clubs.
“In light of school closings and Hurricane Sandy challenging us on Friday, we were pleased to welcome the thousands that came out on Saturday to enjoy the day,” noted City of Boca Raton Downtown Manager Ruby Childers. “Participation in The Halloween Happenings! costume contests were strong, followed by shop-to-shop ‘trick or treating’ and full production BeetleJuice Rock ‘N Roll Monster Revue.”
City of Boca Raton Community Redevelopment Agency Chair and City Council Member Constance Scott noted that “With Meet Me On The Promenade, the vibrancy continues in Downtown Boca with plans being finalized for two annual holiday celebrations, including the City’s Annual Holiday Lighting Extravaganza and 42nd Annual Holiday Street Parade on that brings us Santa and Ms. Claus atop a City of Boca Raton fire engine.”
Meet Me On The Promenade Sponsors included: Office Depot Foundation; Multi Image Group; the City of Boca Raton; Sun-Sentinel Events; Forum Publishing Group; Kaye Communications, Inc.; Mizner Park/General Growth Properties; Allianz Championship; RAM; Comerica Bank; Coldwell Banker; Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC; Penn-Florida; Boca Raton Travel & Cruises; Tucci’s Pizza; and the Rotary Club Downtown Boca Raton.
Programming and Community Partners included: AVR Depot; Art Attack!; Potions In Motion; Gourmet Truck Expo; the American Cancer Society; Florida Panthers; Miami Dolphins; Boca Raton Children’s Museum; several public and private schools including Olympic Heights High School, Grandview Preparatory School, FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine; Spirit of Giving Network; Junior League of Boca Raton; Boca Raton Museum of Art; Boca Raton Historical Society; Greater Boca Raton Chamber of Commerce; Palm Beach County Convention & Visitors Bureau; Penn-Florida; mod.dog Grooming Salon & Boutique; Sol Children Theatre Troupe; Dancing Classrooms; Hip Hop Kidz; Showtime Performing Arts Theatre; Lynn University; Boca Raton Greenmarket; YMCA of South Palm Beach County; Linda Alfieri Salon; W.A.T.C.H. Foundation; Fred Astaire Dance Studio Boca Raton; Sunflower Creative Arts; Community Blood Centers of Florida, Inc.; Dubliner; The Funky Biscuit; Platforms Dance Club; Biergarten Boca Raton; nonprofit organizations; and media including South Florida Parenting, Boca Raton Forum, West Boca Forum, Coral Springs Forum, Delray Forum, City Link, Boca Piquant, Boca Raton Tribune; The Coastal Star; South Florida Sunrise, LivingFLA.com; and more.