City Council passes emergency ordinance for ‘Downtown Festival District’ allowing alcoholic drinks during events

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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The city council unanimously passed an emergency ordinance Tuesday night to create a “Downtown Festival District” that would allow attendees to have open alcoholic drinks during events.

Tuesday night’s city council meeting was the emergency ordinance’s first reading.

The ordinance amends Knoxville city code that had prohibited the consumption of alcohol on public streets, sidewalks and spaces; now, changes will be made to create a “Downtown Festival District” within a city Festival Event Area — that will ultimately allow possession and consumption of alcoholic drinks during events.

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The Festival Event Area has been designated by the city as existing within a portion of the Central Business Improvement District (CBID).

This area includes Market Square, along with parts of Market Street, Union Avenue and Gay Street.

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