Democrats Take Over Areas Outside Convention
The conventions are not always about what happens inside the arena. For some delegates, it's about what happens outside, like the parties. NY1's Courtney Gross filed the following report.
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It's sort of a mix between a concert and a football game.
Democrats have taken over Charlotte en masse.
Of course, they are mocking what the Republican Convention was and they are taking advantage of all that it supposedly wasn't.
"We've been in caucuses and convention meetings the entire time that we've been here," said one convention attendee. "And parties starting at 11 to 2. Yeah, that's what we've been doing."
"It's been fabulous," said another. "We haven't been getting a lot of sleep but we anticipated that."
Major media is a site to revel in and the streets become stages for impromptu jam sessions.
During the day, maneuvering the sidewalks of Charlotte can be a bit of a challenge. At night, these crowds move elsewhere, into bars and into music venues, venues that are booked solid.
"We rolled into 22 events that will be produced here at the NC Music Factory this week," said Noah Lazes of ARK Group, who was preparing for the B-52s and the Foo Fighters to take the stage Wednesday night.
Other Charlotte businesses were anticipating a midnight rush, too.
"The staff is super happy," said Carolina Ale House General Manager Deanna Davis. "Very busy late nights. It's been very good."
Natives welcome the rush.
"We were national before but now we're international," said one. "And hopefully it will bring a lot of business to Charlotte."
And while it might be tough to get around, some might miss the crowds.
"It's been really good and refreshing for those people to see what Charlotte is all about," Lazes said.
Maybe, if the state goes blue in November, some of them will return.