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RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR)—The Byrd Theatre Foundation announced Wednesday that the beloved, but informal, tradition of the Carytown Ball Raise has been cancelled this year, and put out a call for help finding a new place to host the event.
“After consultation with the Carytown Merchants Association and several to the community partners, it is clear that many in the Carytown and surrounding communities shave serious concerns about the Ball Raise, “Melissa Savenko, President of the Byrd Theatre Foundation said in a release posted on Facebook.
“We are respectful of and share some of those concerns. While it saddens us to eliminate any festive element during such a celebratory time of year, our highest priority is the safety of patrons of the Byrd Theater, Carytown, and the surrounding neighborhoods.
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Local law enforcement has said that the event, which drew over 35,000 people last year, has…
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