Beatles cover band to headline Bradenton Thanksgiving Eve bash on Old Main Street

Street party features Beatles cover band

Herald Staff WritersNovember 21, 2012 

BRADENTON--It's party time again on Old Main Street.

The downtown Bradenton road is closing to vehicular traffic Wednesday to allow for a Thanksgiving Eve celebration with live music as well as food, drink, arts and crafts vendors.

Sarasota-based Beatles cover band Glass Onion will be performing.

Rick Willats, manager of O'Brick's, is president of the Old Main Street Merchants Association that produces Main Street Live as well as events like the Thanksgiving Eve bash.

He expects Wednesday's street party will attract as many as 1,500 people.

"The day before Thanksgiving is always the busiest bar day of the year," Willats said.

Old Main St., between Manatee Ave. and 3rd Ave. W., closes to ve­hicles around 2 p.m. Wednesday.

If your vehicle is parked on Old Main when the traffic barricades go up or your car could get towed, city officials warn.

Bar hopping is permitted while the street barricades are in place. Just remember to keep your drink in a plastic cup. And there is no charge or age limit to attend the event but you must be at least 21 years old to get into the bars on Old Main St.

"Everybody has a four-day weekend and 90 percent of people aren't working Thursday," said Paul Kotlarczyk, owner of The Distillery Tavern on Old Main Street.

"A lot of people are here for the week, the college kids are coming home from school and they have the tendency to want to hang out."

The Christmas tree and the other lighted holiday decorations surrounding Bradenton City Centre along 12th St. W. and Barcarrota Boulevard will come to life when the sun sets on Thanksgiving Day.

Details: 5-10 p.m. Nov. 21, Old Main St., Bradenton. Admission: Free. Information: 941-896-8860 or

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