By ANGIE CARNATHAN
The Starkville Main Street Association will host the second annual Downtown Block Party, the first event of its New South Weekends, tonight from 6-8 p.m. on Main Street in downtown.
There is no charge for admittance to the event and the public is encouraged to attend.
â€śWeâ€™re looking forward to great attendance at the first event of the series,â€ť Jennifer Gregory, Greater Starkville Development Partnership vice president for tourism development and Starkville Main Street manager, said.
The block party features live music, a fashion show, multi-cultural food tastings provided by international student organizations and a kids village with inflatable jumpers. All activities are free.
Organizations offering food tastings include the Indian Student Association, the Sri Lankan Student Association, the Club de Hispanas de Starkville and the Starkville Multicultural Lions Club.
Regular main street restaurants such as Mugshots, Old Venice, Starkville Cafe and Segoi will have food available for purchase.
Live music entertainment acts include the Mississippi State University Black Voices and Jeff & Jeff featuring Bill Cooke. That stage will be set up facing east in front of the Oktibbeha County Courthouse.
Many of the Main Street stores are staying open late for after-hours shopping. Shops participating include Harmonie Boutique, The Sundial, Occasions, Oooh La La, Mary Virginiaâ€™s, Polka Tots, Dandy Doodlez, Frock Fashions, R. Tabb & Co. and Book Mart & Cafe.
The Tailgating Wear Fashion Show takes place at 7 p.m. on an elevated runway in the middle of Main Street in front of the GSPD office. Members of the MSU Fashion Board will model in the show. Following the Tailgating Fashion Show will be multicultural fashion shows.
Multicultural dancing will take place on the Lafayette and Jackson street block and will include performances by the Iranian Student Association Dance Group, the Nach Dance Group, the Starlight Dancers, the Nepalese Student Association Dance Troupe and the Indian Student Association Dance Troupe.
For more information, contact Starkville Main Street at (662) 323-3322 or go to http://www.visit.starkville.org.