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Several large events to bring thousands to downtown St. Pete

As is often the case once summer is fading, the parks and streets of downtown St. Petersburg will be full on Saturday as visitors stream in for some major events, from a volleyball showcase to a large cancer walk to a food festival.

The city of St. Petersburg issued an advisory about some closed roads and traffic congestion. Here's what to expect:

Walk for a Cure: More than 1,000 people will be out in force to raise awareness against ovarian cancer at One Step for the Cure. The route begins and ends in Albert Whitted Park. Runners in the traditional 5K portion depart Albert Whitted Park at 8:30 a.m., while walkers step off at 9 a.m. Participants in the Overcoming Obstacles adventure race, which is a separate event, begin their challenge at 7 a.m.

Traffic will be restricted on Bayshore Drive NE and SE from approximately 6:45 to 11 a.m., while Fifth Avenue NE and North Shore Drive will see slight modifications. Vehicles may cross the route in certain areas, including the Pier and Demens Landing, when it is safe and as directed by uniformed officers.

The northbound lanes of North Shore Drive will be closed to traffic as event participants return to Albert Whitted Park; southbound traffic will be unimpeded.

AVP event: St. Petersburg hosts some of the world's finest professional beach volleyball players, who will be playing on 10,000 cubic tons of sugary sand brought in to transform Vinoy Park into a world-class sporting venue for the AVP St. Pete Open through Sunday. Players expected to leave their footprints in the sand include three-time Olympic gold medalist Kerri Walsh Jennings, Olympic gold medalists Todd Rogers and Florida native Phil Dalhausser, Olympic silver medalists Jen Kessy and April Ross and two-time Olympians Jake Gibb and Sean Rosenthal, among others. Tickets are available through Sunday at avp.com/events/st-petersburg.

Downtown Food and Wine Fest: This event is just steps away in South Straub Park. From 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, enjoy live entertainment along with tapas-sized portions of American and international flavors, desserts and crowd favorites from 25 bay area restaurants, paired with wine, mixed drinks and craft beers. Tickets are available at tampa.cbslocal.com/downtown-food-and-wine-fest/.

Several large events to bring thousands to downtown St. Pete 09/13/13 [Last modified: Friday, September 13, 2013 5:49pm]
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