By Evelyn Ticona
An estimated 80,000 people attended the inauguration of West Palm Beach’s new downtown waterfront on Saturday, Feb. 20.
Palm Beach Atlantic University students were part of the evening’s entertainment along with live music, a Cirque Majik performance and fireworks.
Mayor Lois J. Frankel first envisioned the waterfront project six years ago. The city tore down its old library and built docks, gardens and a waterfront pavilion. The project cost $30 million.Click above for a slideshow of images, with photos by Evelyn Ticona and presentation by Casey Elia.
Frankel has seen this project as a key to drawing more people downtown.
The events Saturday included PBA’s improvisational comedy showcase, A Live Improv Comedy Experience (A.L.I.C.E.) and a performance by the PBA Dance Ensemble.
The spectacle of the night was Cirque Majik’s performance, with more than 30 acrobats suspended from ropes and wearing multicolored costumes.
Following the performance, a spectacular fireworks display lit up the sky.
At the end of the night, a disc jockey gathered people from different ages together around the stage to dance and enjoy music until 11 p.m.