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Alexandria ArtWalk to transform downtown Friday

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Six blocks of downtown Alexandria will be transformed into an “artist’s row” Friday as part of the annual Fall ArtWalk. The event will feature more than 80 artists from central Louisiana and four music stages, according to Arts Council of Central Louisiana spokeswoman Julie Prevot.

“You wouldn’t think in a city of 50,000 people that there would be so many people who make music and art and who are just so passionate about creating,” Prevot said.

The ArtWalk will feature a luminary procession at dusk. About 100 sixth graders from area schools assembled paper mache lanterns. They will parade through the downtown streets beginning at the Alexandria Museum of Art, according to Prevot.

“When it gets dark at 7:30 p.m., they light up their luminaries and process through the streets. My favorite is this really big mermaid that takes three people to hold,” Prevot said.

The Fall ArtWalk is set for Friday, Oct. 16, beginning at 4 p.m. at the intersection of Fourth and Washington Streets.

The artists will sell their works in the city’s cultural arts district, a tax-free zone.

More information is at Louisiana-arts.org.