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People visit the food and drink vendors at Wilson Park in Florence during the 2018 Arts Alive festival event. This year's event, scheduled for May 17-18, are among Florence entertainment district weekends that will permit people to carry alcoholic beverages outside in specially-marked cups. [JIM HANNON/TIMESDAILY]

FLORENCE — Entertainment district weekends are set for the next six months.

The Florence City Council unanimously approved designating specific dates for the weekends.

An entertainment district is a downtown region that allows the public to carry alcohol outside of businesses within the region in specially marked cups.

Generally speaking, the entertainment district includes the square within Tuscaloosa Street, Pine Street, Wood Avenue, and College Street.

In addition, it includes the Court-Alabama-Seminary Street area that encircles the SunTrust Bank building. It also extends along College Street to Cherry Street and Dr. Hicks Boulevard to include Singing River Brewery.

The boundaries of the district extend to the street rights of way, which means the sidewalk across the street from the entertainment district is included.

Hours the district is in effect are 5 p.m. to midnight on Friday; 10 a.m. to midnight on Saturday; and 1-6 p.m. on Sunday.

Some entertainment district weekends are set to coincide with events. The weekends the district is in effect include:

• April 13-14

• May 17-18 (Arts Alive festival)

• June 21-22

• July 26-27 (final weekend of the W.C. Handy Music Festival)

• Aug. 23-24 (Billy Reid Shindig)

• Sept. 27-28 (University of North Alabama Homecoming)

bernie.delinski@timesdaily.com or 256-740-5739. Twitter @TD_BDelinski

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