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Encyclopedia > Mifflin Street Block Party
Revelers and police officers at the Mifflin Street Block Party in 2007.
An artist recites a slam poem for a backyard crowd.

The Mifflin Street Block Party is an annual celebration held on Mifflin Street in Madison, Wisconsin on the first Saturday of May. It is one of two large parties held in Madison, the other being the Halloween party on State Street. In 2005, the block party attracted around 20,000 participants. The party features widespread consumption of alcoholic beverages, as well as local and out-of-state musical acts playing on house porches, balconies and backyard stages.[1] For other uses, see Madison (disambiguation). ... This article is about the U.S. state. ... This article is about the holiday. ... Located in downtown Madison, Wisconsin, United States, near the Wisconsin State Capitol, State Street hosts a variety of shops, bars, and restaurants and is known for its small town appeal and street musicians and jugglers and other types of busking, making it a common tourist attraction. ... Alcoholic beverages An alcoholic beverage is a drink containing ethanol, commonly known as alcohol, although in chemistry the definition of alcohol includes many other compounds. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... A balcony comprising a balustrade supported at either end by plinths. ...

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History

The Mifflin Co-op, as of 2007.

The Mifflin Street Block Party began in 1969 as a street dance in protest against the Vietnam War. The event arose as part of a continuing conflict between students and police in the "Miffland" area, centered on Mifflin Street.[2] The event continued on during the war, even though the traumatic effects of the nearby Sterling Hall bombing had a dampening effect on anti-war protests across the country.[3] Following the war, the event lost its focus on political protest and instead became a general celebration sponsored by the Mifflin Street Co-Op. In the 1990s, the co-op dropped its greater involvement in the block party and it became an entirely student-organized event.[2] Opposition to U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War began slowly and in small numbers in 1964 on various college campuses in the United States. ... Combatants Republic of Vietnam United States Republic of Korea Thailand Australia New Zealand The Philippines National Front for the Liberation of South Vietnam Democratic Republic of Vietnam People’s Republic of China Democratic Peoples Republic of Korea Strength US 1,000,000 South Korea 300,000 Australia 48,000... The Sterling Hall Bombing was a crime on the University of Wisconsin–Madison campus on August 24, 1970 committed as a protest against the Universitys research connections with US military during the Vietnam War. ...


1996 riot

On May 6, 1996, a riot occurred, when a crowd of several thousand people threw bottles at a fire truck that had come to put out a bonfire started by the crowd to combat the cold weather. Police were forced to use riot gear to retake the block, and the riots resulted in thousands of dollars of damage. The 1997 event was planned very carefully, but attracted few people due to poor weather. No major riots have occurred since 1996.[2] is the 126th day of the year (127th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1996 (MCMXCVI) was a leap year starting on Monday (link will display full 1996 Gregorian calendar). ... Teamsters, armed with pipes, riot in a clash with riot police in the Minneapolis Teamsters Strike of 1934. ... Engine 4 - City of Chico, CA A Fire Engine is one of many specialized fire suppression apparatuses. ... For the AC/DC box set, see Bonfire (album). ... French mobile gendarmes doing riot control. ...


Date change

The block party occurred on the first Saturday of May every year until 2005, when University of Wisconsin students lobbied to have the date changed to the last Saturday in April to avoid conflicts with finals. Madison mayor Dave Cieslewicz refused the date change at first, citing the additional cost and strain it would place on the city's police force. After students vowed to throw a large celebration both weekends, the mayor agreed to move the date of the block party with a promise from student leaders that they would discourage celebrations on the first week in May.[1][4] However, the mayor requested that the Associated Students of Madison pay for the additional costs of moving the date. The 2005 event was considered one of the calmest on record, with 225 arrests and 317 citations,[1][5] including the arrest of the University of Wisconsin football team's running back, Booker Stanley.[6] The block party was scheduled for Saturday, April 29 by city officials in 2006.[7] The 2007 party marked a move back to the traditional first Saturday of May. University of Wisconsin redirects here. ... Students sitting a final exam at the University of Vienna This article is about a type of examination; for the Outer Limits episode, see Final Exam (episode). ... A mayor (from the Latin māior, meaning larger, greater) is the modern title of the highest ranking municipal officer. ... David J. Cieslewicz (IPA: tʃɛs. ... Head coach Bret Bielema 2nd year, 20–4 Home stadium Camp Randall Stadium Capacity 80,321 - FieldTurf Conference Big Ten First year 1889 Athletic director Barry Alvarez Website UWBadgers. ... P.J. Daniels was a star running back for Georgia Tech from 2002-2005. ... is the 119th day of the year (120th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...


Drinking

Madison police load an unconscious party-goer onto a stretcher.

As is the city of Madison's regulation, alcohol is permitted on private property. In practice, this means one can consume alcohol anywhere except the street or sidewalk, remebering that glass bottles during the event are completely prohibited from being consumed within 'sight' of the Madison Police.[8] One can expect to be promptly arrested and ticketed for drinking off of private property (i.e. literally having one foot on the sidewalk, and the other on one's front lawn). It should also be noted that any urination is considered indecency and although hard to enforce, if done on the street will promptly result in MPD involvement and usually result in a ticket. It should be noted that there is a "no tolerance" policy during the block party and while age may not be as much of a factor, it should be noted that alcoholic consumption (or open containers) on public property apply to this no tolerance regulation.


Drinking begins as early as 8:00 in the morning or earlier.[9]


Police in Madison are using Facebook as a means to deter the sale of alcohol without a permit.[8] Facebook headquarters in Palo Alto, CA Facebook is a social networking website, that was launched on February 4, 2004. ...


References

  1. ^ a b c "Relative calm marks annual Wisconsin block party" (Newspaper article), USA Today, 2005-05-01. Retrieved on 2007-02-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Costello, Megan. "History of the Mifflin Street Block Party" (Newspaper article), The Badger Herald, 2005-04-28. Retrieved on 2007-02-13. 
  3. ^ "30 years ago, bomb shattered UW campus" (Online article), JS Online, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2000-08-19. Retrieved on 2007-02-17. 
  4. ^ Bettis, Angela. "Students Want Mifflin Street Block Party Date Changed" (News update), WISC-TV Channel 3000, 2005-02-24. Retrieved on 2007-02-16. 
  5. ^ Andrus, Aubre. "Date change proves successful for Mifflin Street Block Party" (Newspaper article), The Badger Herald, 2005-05-02. Retrieved on 2007-02-16. 
  6. ^ "225 Arrests Reported At Mifflin Street Block Party" (News update), WISC-TV Channel 3000, 2005-05-02. Retrieved on 2007-02-16. 
  7. ^ Quitos, Heather. "City gears up for April 29 block party" (Newspaper article), The Badger Herald, 2006-04-12. Retrieved on 2007-02-17. 
  8. ^ a b Craugh, Quinn. "Police to use Facebook for Mifflin" (Newspaper article), The Daily Cardinal, 2006-12-14. Retrieved on 2007-02-17. 
  9. ^ Petrie, Joseph. "Mayhem in Madtown" (Online publication), The Leader, College Publisher Network, 2005-05-11. Retrieved on 2007-02-17. 
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