FAIR FOOD MARCH, CONCERT BRING SOCIAL AWARENESS TO ST. PETERSBURG
ST. PETERSBURG, FL (March 20, 2015) – As St. Petersburg readies for the excitement of IndyCar next week, about 1,200 farm workers, students, community groups and interfaith association members will march through downtown tomorrow, March 21, to promote fair treatment of farm workers and a fair wage.
The March for Fair Food, organized by the Coalition of Immokalee Workers, departs Bartlett Park at 1:30 p.m. The route will include Seventh Street South; 18th Avenue South; Fourth Street South; the northbound lanes of Fourth Street South; Eighth Avenue South; Third Street South (entire roadway) to north of Fifth Avenue South; the right two lanes of Third Street South; the eastbound lanes of Second Avenue North; Bayshore Drive and Fifth Avenue NE to Vinoy Park.
Uniformed officers will escort marchers to reduce congestion along city streets and at intersections; roads will reopen as the march passes along the route. There are no parking restrictions along the route. Marchers are expected to arrive at Vinoy Park around 2:30 p.m., where a Concert for Free Food will be held, featuring live music by Grammy Award winners Ozomatli and LaSanta Cecilia, along with Ruby Valle and the Soulphonics.
Parking restrictions will be in effect beginning at 2 p.m. along both sides of Fifth Ave. NE from the east and west offsets of Bayshore Drive; on both sides of Bayshore Drive NE from Fifth to Seventh Aves. NE; and the east side of North Shore Drive NE from Seventh to 11th Aves. NE. Road closures include Second Ave. to Bayshore Dr. NE; Fifth Ave. NE to Bayshore Dr. NE; Seventh Ave. NE to Bayshore Dr. NE; and Seventh Ave. NE to North Shore Dr. NE.Access to the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel and Vinoy Place Condos will be permitted via cone lines; however, vehicles will not be permitted to travel east of Vinoy Place until the event concludes.