‘Pride on Main’ Will Set the Stage for this Month’s Second Sunday on Main Festival

Second Sunday on Main (SSOM) returns to the streets of Over-the-Rhine this Sunday, from 12pm to 5pm, after drawing a record attendance and number of vendors for its first festival of the season last month.

As is the case with all SSOM events, this one will once again feature dozens of local arts and crafts vendors, local food and beer, live music, food trucks, street performers and more.

The event is free and open to the public, so even if you don’t have a bunch of cash to drop, you can swing through for a leisurely stroll and people watch in what is Cincinnati’s oldest and most prominent Open Streets events.

Each month event organizers change up the theme for SSOM; and this month’s event is called Pride on Main. To complement the theme there will be the Missed OTR Drag Queen Contest and the famous Drag and Tryke Races, both of which will have their proceeds go to benefit Pride 2015.

This is the ninth year the OTR Chamber of Commerce has put on Second Sunday on Main. For those who haven’t attended in the past, the event stretches from Thirteenth Street to Liberty Street along, you guessed it, Main Street. There are also small segments of side streets that are closed off and include some additional activities.

There will also be a cooking demo by Chef Jose Salazar and speciality cocktail demo by bartenders Andrew Rettig and Steven Clement at 2pm inside Mr. Pitiful’s. Throughout the day, Art on the Streets will also be working on a crosswalk painting project at Main and Liberty Streets.

A full schedule and list of music performers and other details can be found on SSOM’s website.

EDITORIAL NOTE: UrbanCincy is an official media partner of Second Sunday on Main; and is proud to support the city’s oldest open streets festival.

  • HA that was one of the better pictures I took last year, kinda bummed I’ll be out of town Sunday this is maybe the best SSOM to attend. They’ll be selling water balloons to throw at the contestants too.

  • KeepReal

    Reports on street festivals and rock concerts are all well and good but I do wish that this otherwise fine blog would return to more consequential issues effecting the city. The big development news of the month/year is surely the proposed GE building at the Banks and its dismal design. Attached is a link from Architecture Magazine discussing it. This pathetic design may end up being with us for generations, long after the bands have coiled up their cables, unless– maybe– a fruitful and learned discussion can sway the powers-that-be to come to their senses. Surely this Main Street fluff can wait to be published another day.

    • Thanks for your feedback. Perhaps you would be interested in taking a look at the stories we published immediately prior to and following this one. They both go in-depth on urban design and public policy.

      The first one looks at how the region scores poorly in terms of its WalkUP score: http://urbn.cc/p4k0. The second one looks at how we may be approaching the design of our streets and public right-of-way totally backwards: http://urbn.cc/p4kf.

      The first one about the WalkUP score was briefly covered by the Business Courier, but not nearly at the level we provided; and the second one about Share Space design of public right-of-way wasn’t discussed by any other outlet. Meanwhile, there has been an overwhelming amount of coverage about GE’s selection of The Banks for their new Global Operations Center, including coverage about the building’s lackluster design. Since we try to fill voids left behind by the local media, we have dedicated our very limited resources to covering other things that haven’t been discussed ad nauseam.

      With that said, we did ask our followers on our various social media accounts their opinions of the design. You can see our post on Instagram here: http://instagram.com/p/ppegdCJif3/. We did the same with the lackluster design for the new Holiday Inn Express at Seventh/Sycamore: http://instagram.com/p/puemw7JidB/.

      There are a lot of topics to discuss and we certainly wish we could cover them all, but unfortunately we don’t have the budget, staff or time to be able to do so. We’re glad Mr. Betsky wrote this terrific piece on the lazy design proposed by GE for their new, heavily subsidized Global Operations Center on our central riverfront. His critique is spot on and we agree with just about every word.

      Perhaps one day we’ll be able to have even just one full-time staffer at UrbanCincy so that we can provide even more coverage. Until then, there is no possible way we can cover everything that we would like to. Thanks for reading. We’ll certainly work to keep on improving in order to keep up with your, and everyone else’s, desires as readers. Cheers!

    • KeepReal

      [Sir: I am posting this here because I don’t know a way to contact you directly.]

      Cummins Engines (a lesser company than GE) and Indianapolis (a lesser city than Cincinnati) have the right idea as to new secondary-headquarters/regional buildings on (lesser) downtown sites. The attached article may fit in nicely in the Midwest Urbanism roll call.