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Candy Cane Cruise returns to East 185th Street
Published: Thursday, November 29, 2012, 5:00 AM Updated: Thursday, November 29, 2012, 5:02 AM
It’s that time of year again. If you like car cruises and are unafraid of a little nip in the air, you may want to head out to East 185th Street next Friday.
Convertibles and Jeeps are invited to take their tops down on Friday, December 7, to combine the joy of a neighborhood car cruise with the joy of the holiday season at the annual Candy Cane Cruise on East 185th Street.
Conceived as a “modern sleigh ride,” this unique celebration fills East 185th Street with the spirit of the season. Local businesses and retailers that comprise the economic heart and soul of the neighborhood add to the festivities with treats, specials and entertainment. Northeast Shores Development Corp. has sponsored the event on East 185th Street since 2010.
“The Candy Cane Cruise is a great time for everybody,” said Denise Lorek, community organizer for Northeast Shores Development Corp. “We love seeing the variety of participants who come to cruise the neighborhood and explore East 185th Street. There are cars full of kids, cars with pets, vintage cars, contemporary convertibles, and even ‘honorary’ convertibles where ordinary cars cruise with windows down and sunroofs open.”
The Candy Cane Cruise tradition was born in Cleveland in 2008 with the Candy Cane Cruise on Clifton Boulevard.
“Cleveland is such a great car town and there are Jeeps and convertibles on the road year-round,” said Dominic Bonacci, founder of the Candy Cane Cruise. “We’re simply providing an opportunity to come out from under those tops to enjoy the seasonal decoration and atmosphere.”
The Candy Cane Cruise begins at 5 p.m. and is free for spectators who want to view the vehicles as they drive along East 185th Street between Lakeshore Boulevard and Interstate 90. Spectators can also enjoy the many specials that are being offered by neighborhood merchants.
No streets will be closed for the event.
Registration for convertible, Jeep and other vehicle drivers is $5 per vehicle and can be made by calling (216) 481-7660 or visiting www.candycanecruise.com/e185.