Thursday, March 1, 2012
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ALBANY, Ga. — Officials say that the Mardi Gras Street Festival has been postponed until Saturday, March 10.
“We have a responsibility to the vendors and public safety concerns. We’re concerned about the wind that could be here this weekend,” organizer Phil Cannon said.
Cannon said that one benefit of moving the street festival is that the event will now coincide with two other concerts planned for downtown. Keith Sweat and the Manhattans are slated for the Civic Center that night and Cory Smith is scheduled to be at the State Theatre.
Also postponed until the 10th is the Flint RiverQuarium’s Turtle Race.
The Albany Marathon and Half-Marathon, the SB&T Bike Race — both on Saturday — and the Sounds of Praise events are still planned to go on as scheduled this weekend, Welcome Center Manager Teresa Smith said. If the road race is canceled, it will be a last-minute decision.
“The decision on canceling the marathon won’t be until 6 a.m. on the day of the event,” Smith said.
The marathon for wheelchair and crank chair participants is scheduled to start at 6:45 a.m. Saturday. The marathon and half-marathon for all other participants begins at 7 a.m.
More than 1,600 people have registered to run in the marathon, and bicyclists from around the world will be in Albany to participate in the bike race, which is Saturday and Sunday.
Each year, between 30,000 and 50,000 people flock downtown for the two-day event that has become known as the Rock, Roll and Run Weekend.