Saturday: Packapalooza is NCSU's 125th birthday extravaganza on Hillsborough Street

Posted by Bob Geary on Fri, Aug 17, 2012 at 3:38 PM

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Hey, the kids are back in town, and it's N.C. State's 125th birthday, so there's going to a blow-out on Hillsborough Street tomorrow. Number 1 fact: Hillsborough Street will closed to traffic from early morning to after midnight between the Pullen Road roundabout and Brooks Avenue. Number 2 fact: Free parking on campus.

What does this mean? Come into the campus off Western Boulevard for best access to the parking lots and decks.

The festival is from 2-10 p.m., with a big red finish promised at the Bell Tower. The main stage will be there with four bands: Liquid Pleasure, Mamas Love, Leela James and Carolina Liar.

The Packapalooza website is the place to go for all the details.

This is from the Hillsborough Street Community Service Corporation, which is helping (and h/t to executive director Jeff Murison for reminding me that tomorrow's the day):

On Aug. 18, historic Hillsborough Street in Raleigh will be the site
of Packapalooza, an all-day block party and street festival
celebrating North Carolina State University’s 125th birthday. Music,
activities and food will be part of the festival, which will feature
more than 160 booths from local and university sponsors.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will kick off at 2
p.m. and run until 10 p.m. Two stages will feature live musical and
dance performances as well as autograph sessions with Wolfpack
baseball, football and women’s basketball teams. Numerous “zones”
along Hillsborough Street will give visitors a taste of NC State’s
traditions, as well as the opportunity to create works of art, learn
dance, try their hand at sports, explore our students’ cultural
backgrounds and purchase delicious food from local vendors. Free water
will be provided at various locations. At 10 p.m., the festival will
end with the lighting of the Belltower.

"It's a great opportunity to engage the entire community in the university's celebration," Murison said.

They also sent along a video:

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