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Purple People Bridge Party Series Returns

The Metro PCS “Party on the Purple” series is returning to the Purple People Bridge this spring, with the first party on Wednesday, April 4, at 6 p.m.

The free summer party series, which includes live music, food trucks, and drinks, has been expanded to 18 weeks in 2018. Last year, Party on the Purple’s inaugural season, had 12 parties.

Party on the Purple will be on Wednesday nights from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. from April 4 to August 1, with different live bands taking the stage in the middle of the bridge. The parties also include food trucks, soft drinks, and beer, wine, and spirits. Partygoers once again will be able to purchase Party on the Purple’s signature cocktail, “The Purple Breeze” made with Svedka Vodka.

"We are thrilled to work again with the Newport Southbank Bridge Company, the City of Newport, and our sponsors for a full spring and summer of new parties on the bridge,” Marc Wertheim, President and CEO of ColdIron Enterprises Inc.

“Party on the Purple is back bigger and better than ever with new bands, a new stage, and new food trucks. We received great feedback from the community about last year’s Parties on the Purple and we are excited to continue the fun this year.”

The following bands are scheduled to play at this year’s Party on the Purple:

  • April 4 -- Stays in Vegas
  • April 11 -- Trailer Park Floosies
  • April 18 -- Dog House
  • April 25 -- Model Behavior
  • May 2 -- My Sister Sarah
  • May 9 -- Everyday People
  • May 16 -- Flip Cup All Stars
  • May 23 -- Naked Karate Girls
  • May 30 -- Marsha Brady
  • June 6 -- My Girl Friday
  • June 13 -- 3 Day Rule
  • June 20 -- Final Order
  • June 27 -- Gen X Band
  • July 11 -- Dat Band
  • July 18 -- TBD
  • July 25 -- Buzz Bin
  • August 1 -- TBD

“The Party on the Purple is now the region’s signature Wednesday night event,” said Jack Moreland, President of Southbank Partners and Chair of the Newport Southbank Bridge Company. “We are proud to once again bring together the community from both sides of the river to the Purple People Bridge to have a good time partying over the river and supporting the bridge in the process.”

Metro PCS, iHeart Radio, Svedka Vodka, Charles Smith Wines, Braxton Beer, Rhinegeist Beer, and Yuengling Beer are all official sponsors of this year’s Party on the Purple. A portion of funds generated from food and drink sales during the weekly events go toward painting and maintaining the historic pedestrian bridge.

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-Staff report

Photo: Purple People Bridge (RCN file)