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Rain washes out Tar Heel Downtown, but the game’s still on

UNC fans danced to the beat of soul and beach music with a Tar Heel flair played by Liquid Pleasure at a 2013 Tar Heel Downtown festival prior to a matchup against the University of Miami.
UNC fans danced to the beat of soul and beach music with a Tar Heel flair played by Liquid Pleasure at a 2013 Tar Heel Downtown festival prior to a matchup against the University of Miami. hlynch@newsobserver.com

You’ll have to find a new way to get pumped for the game, because the potential for rain has canceled Tar Heel Downtown.

“Safety is the top priority,” the town’s Chapel Hill Cultural Arts department posted Friday morning on Twitter. “We apologize for any inconvenience.”

The annual event was supposed to bring the Chapel Hill community and campus together ahead of the opening home game against the Golden Bears of the University of California-Berkeley.

Part-pep rally, part-street festival, the event typically includes live music, games, and the chance to hear the UNC Marching Tar Heels and meet the UNC cheerleaders and UNC Mascot Ramses. It’s sponsored by UNC Athletics, the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership and the Town of Chapel Hill.

The Tar Heels will kick off their season opener at 12:20 p.m. Saturday in Kenan Memorial Stadium. Special $20 all-day parking fees will be in place at the 104 W. Rosemary St. lot, the lot at the corner of Rosemary and Columbia streets, and the Wallace Parking Deck at 150 E. Rosemary St.

Limited hourly parking also will be available in the 140 West Parking Garage on West Rosemary Street.

More information about Tar Heel Downtown can be found online at tarheeldowntown.com. Parking information and a map are posted online at bit.ly/tochparking.

Tammy Grubb: 919-829-8926, @TammyGrubb

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