James Brown block party gets commission support


AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF) –  The city of Augusta has said no to a lot of events during the course of this pandemic, but when it comes to a James Brown’s birthday bash in early May a majority of commissioners feel good about that.

Plans are in the  works to celebrate the hardest working man in show business.

A James Brown birthday block party in front of his mural on James Brown Boulevard will be held in May.

“It’s time to open it back up. It’s time to get on with life and let it fall where it falls,” said Commissioner John Clarke.

The vote was six to four to hold the block party because there are still concerns about the pandemic.

“It’s been a long year with COVID  and this event we will have some control over it, so I think it’s a good idea,” said Commissioner Sammie Sias.

There were complaints because in March the annual St. Patrick’s  Day parade was cancelled because of  COVID,  that’s was the reason Commissioner McKnight voted against the block party.

“When it comes to telling citizens in my district especially that we couldn’t have a St. Patrick’s  parade I just think it’s double standards for me you know voting on that,” she said.

Though commissioners have said yes, there’s still a pandemic and the Sheriff’s Office must also sign off on something some commissioners find puzzling.

“That seems to be the big question that nobody has an answer to. It came up the Sheriff had to sign off on it and he wasn’t going to sign off on it, but the commission we voted to go ahead and do it,” said Commissioner Clarke.

Organizers say they expect to hear from the Sheriff’s Office on whether the event is a go on Tuesday.

Now Mayor Pro-Tem Bobby Williams saying he will bring a proposal to hold celebration parades for the three high school sports teams that won state championships. Commissioner McKnight says she could support that proposal.

In Augusta, George Eskola WJBF NewsChannel 6.

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