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Party on the Purple Returns for Summer Series in Newport

Party on the Purple returns to the Purple People Bridge next week, Wednesday, May 5 for its fourth annual summer series.

The event debuts this year with a Cinco de Mayo theme.

The free weekly Party is presented by Coldiron Events and includes live music, food trucks, beer, wine, and more and runs through August 4.

Each night will have a theme, such as Singles Night, 80s Night, Dog Night, and much more. As in past years, the Party on the Purple will run from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. 

“The Purple People Bridge is thrilled to host the ever-popular Party on the Purple once again this year. We are proud to be one of the first venues to safely open back up for public events outside,” said Will Weber, incoming president/CEO of the Newport Southbank Bridge Company which operates the bridge. 
“The first week of May is actually National Small Business Week and National Travel and Tourism Week- what a great opportunity to open back up for events. These two groups have been greatly hindered during this past year and we are excited to welcome back local small businesses and tourists to the bridge for Party on the Purple.” 

A portion of funds generated from food and drink sales during the weekly Party on the Purple events go toward painting and maintaining the historic pedestrian-only bridge. The Newport Southbank Bridge Company, a nonprofit organization, is trying to raise $1 million to repaint the bridge and make other capital improvements. You can find more information about the Purple People Bridge’s fundraising efforts here.  

“Party on the Purple is gearing up for its wildly successful fourth year, and we couldn’t be more excited.” said Marc Wertheim, event producer and president/CEO of ColdIron Enterprises Inc. “We know people are ready to get out and enjoy the nice weather and we can’t think of a better way than to bring back Party on the Purple.  

The following is the theme and band schedule: 

  • May 5 – Cinco De Mayo Night 
    • Vinyl Countdown 
  • May 12 – 80’s Night 
    • The Whammies 
  • May 19 – Single’s Night 
    • DJ ETrayn 
  • May 26 – Dog Night 
    • Doghouse 
  • June 2 – Military Appreciation Night 
    • Trailer Park Floosies 
  • June 9 – Night at the Races 
    • Pandora Effect 
  • June 16 – Dog Night 
    • What She Said 
  • June 23 – Pride Night  
    • HiFI Honey 
  • June 30 – Red White and Blue 
    • The Everyday People Band 
  • July 7 – Casino Night  
    • Party Town 
  • July 14 – 70’s Night 
    • Marsha Brady 
  • July 21 – Luau Night 
    • The SunBurners 
  • July 28 – Dog Night 
    • 3 Day Rule 
  • Aug 4 – Grande Finale Night  
    • Swan 

Visit for more information.

-Staff report

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