Parade attendees are encouraged to park in Lot 26 behind Theatre Cedar Rapids (enter on 1st Avenue), First Avenue Parkade between the Roosevelt and U.S. Cellular Center (enter on First Avenue), Pro Park between 2nd Street and A Avenue (enter on 2nd Street) and the Five Seasons Parkade (enter on 4th Street) for $2.
Limited on-street parking will also be available; however, we ask that patrons please observe all posted parking signage. CR Parking personell will be available during this special event to make ensure patrons are safe and the event runs smoothly. For public parking information and to see a user-friendly map, please visit www.crparking.org.
(REMINDER: The City of Cedar Rapids will enforce its no parking ordinance one hour prior to the parade. All vehicles must be removed from the parade route one hour in advance or they will be towed.)
The Cedar Rapids Downtown District will host the final Downtown Farmers’ Market of the season this Saturday October 3 from 7:30a.m.-Noon in Downtown Cedar Rapids.
The final market welcomes the Iron Chef competition, featuring two Kirkwood student teams that will gather market ingredients then create a unique dish to be judged by a panel of local experts.
The market will be held along 3rd and 4th Avenues to include 2nd ,3rd Streets SE and Greene Square Park. The 4th Avenue parkade will be free and open to the public (enter from 5th Avenue) along with the Ground Transportation Center ramp. Additional on street parking will also be available. Handicapped accessible parking will be available in the TrueNorth Parking lot along 5th Street SE.
Entertainment for the October 3 market includes the Twirling Starlets, Billy Heller, Dances with Scissors and Open Mic. Enjoy street entertainment from Mark Brown, street dancing and Junk Funk. Other entertainment includes an acapella group called “Sunday Afternoon” and a prelude to Chalk the Walk-an interactive chalk drawing activity!
Visit the Downtown market then stay downtown to watch the Iowa Hawkeyes take on Arkansas State! Dublin City, DC’s Riverwalk, and Bricks will all be open Saturday morning to show the big game.
For this and other Downtown information, visit www.downtowncr.org
Robert (“Odie”) Odekirk, 28, Marion
Bartender @ Teeghan’s Ice Bar
How long have you been spinning the bottle?
My parents owned a bar growing up, so I was behind a bar before I could see over one. I’ve learned a lot over the years. Officially I’ve been bartending for six years now. I’ve been with Teeghan’s since they originally opened in January 2008.
Tell me about Teeghan’s new location along Second Avenue.
Our new spot is prime location. We couldn’t have found a better place downtown. There are several other spots right around us, so we’re literally placed in the middle of all the action. From a crowd perspective we’ve already passed our highest numbers pre-flood, and it just keeps getting better.
How do you explain the success?
It’s all about the feel of the bar. The place is laid back, safe, but with lots to keep you entertained.
What’s your take on the downtown nightlife scene post-flood?
I’ve traveled all over and been to many downtowns, and Cedar Rapids Downtown is my favorite. It’s all about the people and their attitude. Here everyone is so welcoming. I’m very proud we’ve all managed to accomplish so much in the past year. Spirits are up and we’re making downtown a fun place to be.
What’s a common bartender faux pas.
One of the biggest mistakes is overpouring ingredients in your mixed drinks. A good rule of thumb from the Teeghan’s “mixologists” is to take a one ounce shot glass and let that be your guide. It helps even out the amount of shots within a drink.
It’s my own secret recipe. A unique spin to the White Russian. That’s all the detail I can give, you have to come check it out yourself.
The Cedar Rapids Jaycees has partnered with several downtown businesses to keep Uptown downtown after the music is over.
With an Uptown Friday Nights TM iWireless TM hand stamp, take advantage of specials at several downtown businesses after Uptowns. These businesses and specials are displayed at the entrance and exit of Uptowns, as well as at each establishment.
After four months of reconstruction from the devastation of the summer’s floods, the Cedar Rapids Piano Lounge, 208 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids, is reopening TONIGHT!
Celebrate with them. They’ll have dueling pianos Oct. 24 and 25, Friday and Saturday. Check out their two new bars, mood lighting, sound system and new VIP area. Can’t make it this weekend? The dueling pianos will be on tap next weekend too.