Xerox International Jazz Festival preparations underway downtown

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Carly Schramm is getting ready for the Jazz Festival downtown.

“We’ve been preparing all day,” she said.

Schramm is a server at Aunt Rosie’s, which is a few blocks away from the Jazz Festival grounds.

She said each year, the restaurant reaps the benefits of all the extra foot traffic the festival brings in.

“On a normal night, we would fill the restaurant up one or two times. During Jazz Fest, we fill the restaurant three to four times.”

They’re not the only ones that’ll be working late into the night. Jazz Festival Executive Director Marc Iacona said preparations are in full swing.

“The final structures are all up. We’re working with our team to make sure the door staff is going to be ready for the volume of people coming in.”

Iacona said last year, there were around a couple hundred thousand people that came, so they’re also making sure a plan is in place for parking.

“Parking is available on the streets,” he explained. “But we’re going to be closing down the streets between East Avenue, Scio Street and Chestnut Street, so people should plan on coming out a little bit earlier.”

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