Expect traffic in downtown Tampa due to holiday parties

3:57 PM, Dec 14, 2013   |    comments
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Tampa, Florida -- People should expect traffic in downtown Tampa due to holiday parties between 6:00 p.m. and 1:00 a.m. on Saturday evening. 

There are holiday parties at both the Marriott Waterside and Embassy Suites Hotels beginning at 6 p.m. The Andrea Bocelli concert at the Tampa Bay Times Forum begins at 8 p.m. and around 13,000 people are expected to attend. The concert ends approximately 10:30 pm and the parties will be over by midnight. 

Streets to avoid, if possible, include Bayshore Blvd., Platt/Channelside, Ashley Dr. and Tampa St.

The Straz Center will also have multiple shows throughout the day beginning at 2 p.m. and ending at 10 p.m. The Glazer Children's Museum is also hosting a holiday party. The Ice Rink at Curtis Hixon Park will be open all day.  

Expect traffic congestion on Ashley Dr., Tyler St. and Cass St.

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