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Tips for a fun festival

Here are some hints from organizers and folks who have been to the festival before to make your hours at the Jazz Holiday festival more enjoyable.

What to expect

Thousands of jazz fans are expected in Coachman Park, boosted by the fact the festival again has been named one of the Top 20 events in the Southeast by the Southeast Tourism Society. Admission is free. Those seeking the best seats _ front and center _ should come early to reserve a choice spot. Bring blankets or lounge chairs if you plan to sit awhile. Some folks prefer visiting friends and sampling a variety of food as they stroll around during the performances. Several speakers are directed toward the bay for the convenience of boaters who may anchor offshore to enjoy the music. An information booth, lost-and-found services and portable restrooms will be provided. Public telephones are available above Coachman Park adjacent to the Clearwater Library Plaza. The area is handicapped accessible. Clearwater police and volunteers will provide security, and extra police officers will be added to patrol the downtown area where several art studios will be open during Jazz Holiday. Informational brochures will be distributed free.

What to bring

While the sun is bright, better bring sunglasses and a visor, cap or hat. Shorts and light clothing should be fine until sunset; after that, the winds off Clearwater's waterfront can turn chilly. Bring a sweater or jacket and perhaps long pants for after sundown.

What NOT to bring

Do not bring pets, glass containers, video cameras, alcoholic beverages or skateboards. No littering is permitted in the park.

What's to eat

You can bring a picnic basket with your favorite food (remember, no alcohol) or buy your meal after you get to Coachman Park. Food and beverages will be sold by Alessi's, Molly Goodheads, Yellow Fin, Olive Garden, Sea Sea Riders, Bon Appetit, Gladstone's Grilled Chicken, Ric's Deli, Kiwanis Club of Clearwater, All City Pretzel, Beach Ice Cream and Phil's Vending.

Parking

The closest parking spaces are those in the old Maas Brothers and Clearwater Library parking lots. Street parking is available, and several city lots are in the downtown area, including 650 spaces in the Park Street and Garden Avenue garages. Parking in the garages is free after 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and all day weekends. (See map for specific locations).

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