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Boulevardia called a success

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Boulevard Beer, which created Boulevardia Boulevard Beer, which created Boulevardia

It was billed as a three-day street festival featuring live music, good food and even better beer. On Sunday night, Boulevardia has ended its run and lived up to its billing.

"We are very, very happy with the way things turned out. Kansas City really embraced Boulevardia. There were lots of exciting things that people took away from it," said Jeremy Ragonese, marketing director for Boulevard Beer, which created and was the main sponsor of Boulevardia.

Going into the festival, Ragonese and other Boulevardia planners said they expected between 30,000 and 40,000 people to attend the festival during its three-day run.

Attendance was right in the wheelhouse of those estimates. Though the final numbers have yet to be tallied Ragonese estimated some 35,000 people attended Boulevardia.

"The music was outstanding with different stages and different acts geared to various demographics. And the maker's tent, which featured local artists and other crafting and offering artisanal products, was a big hit," Ragonese said.

Boulevardia occupied a one-block area in the West Bottoms, north of the 12th Street Viaduct, roughly between Hickory and Mulberry streets. KCTV5 News asked Ragonese what he thought about the location and the festival in general moving forward.

"We couldn't be happier with the West Bottoms. It was a unique location that allowed us to give people a unique experience. It was the street festival that we wanted," Ragonese said.

What's more, Ragonese said the future of Boulevardia looks very bright.

"We took a lot ideas away, and we'll make some refinements. But, in general, I am very much looking forward to planning Boulevardia 2015," Ragonese said.

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