With less than three weeks until the Republican National Convention opens its doors, its hosts are beginning to pull out the decorations.
In downtown Tampa today, for example, the 2012 Tampa Bay Host Committee will install its Presence Program street pole banners in front of the Tampa Bay Times Forum. It's part of a media event that starts at 9:30 a.m.
It's just a taste of more to come. But the banners will show off the look that the host committee is going for in welcoming an estimated 50,000 people to Tampa for the convention, which starts Aug. 27.
According to a news release, the Presence Program's primary look is anchored by deep, rich hues of red and blue with accents of white. In addition, various size stars, flowing ribbons and Florida's native palm tree – the Sabal palm – are elements of the program's design.
A broad range of large and small items will be featured throughout Tampa Bay before and during the convention, including street pole banners, hanging banners, flags and posters. Soon, items will also be available for purchase on the Host Committee website at 2012Tampa.com for businesses and hotels interested in displaying official welcome signage. Prices will range from $25 to $100.
The Presence Program will go into effect Aug. 17 and will remain active until Sept. 3.