Today is the fourth annual McLean Avenue Merchants' Association festival. The main thoroughfare in my neighborhood will be shut down for the day for a big party. There will be four stages for live bands and for music and dance schools- the music is great, and the talented kids can entertain their families.
I took a day off so I could show my civic pride, and drink a whole lot of beer. I love my neighborhood, and I make it a point to support my local merchants, the vast majority of whom run independent stores that produce quality products. The neighborhood is also home to a multitude of bars, which form the backbone of the district's economy. People come from all over the metro area for the craic. I plan on meeting up with a bunch of folks around noon, and I plan on being buzzed by two PM at the latest... which can easily be accomplished in this neighborhood. How many neighborhoods have their own theme song?
The crawl home isn't too far, thank goodness.