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St. Pete cancels First Friday due to storms

Posted at 12:14 PM, Aug 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-02 23:10:35-04

SAINT PETERSBURG, FLA. — Organizers have canceled the First Friday event in downtown Saint Petersburg due to rainy weather.

Heavy rain and thunderstorms moved into the downtown St. Petersburg area early Friday evening. As a safety precaution the event known as the city's "biggest block party" was canceled.

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“I was upset," said bartender Ashley Ebel. "This is actually the first First Friday that I would have been working at night, so I was really looking forward to it.”

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Ebel slings craft cocktails at Saigon Blonde in downtown St. Pete. They tell us First Fridays can double earnings for staff.

"That was the first thing every bartender had said to me was get in a place in Central Avenue, you’re going to love First Fridays," said Ebel.

Organizers say the next First Friday will be scheduled for Friday, September 6.

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