Friday, March 4 is far from the first the First Friday in downtown Greensboro, but it will be the first First Friday in “The BORO” in downtown Greensboro.

First Friday sponsored by Downtown Greensboro Inc. usually attracts a good crowd of people to the center city with a variety of events and for First Friday on March 4 it looks like the weather is going cooperate on this the first week of meteorological Spring.

And downtown Greensboro has something new to offer, The BORO, a designated area where alcoholic beverages may be carried outside from noon to 9 p.m.

The BORO basically goes from Smith Street to Gate City Boulevard on Elm and Greene Streets.  But there are some notable exceptions, Center City Park is not part of The BORO while the Greensboro Cultural Center and LeBauer Park are.  For those on Elm Street with drinks in hand the only way to get to LeBauer Park legally is to walk beside Center City Park down Friendly Avenue.

Despite abundant signage, it will likely be a learning process for those taking advantage of the new ordinance that went into effect on Tuesday, March 1.

President of DGI Zack Matheny said that when the state legislature was considering the statute making The BORO possible that they really worked with retail merchants with the idea that it would enhance their businesses.

Matheny said, “The goal was for people to sip, stroll and shop.”

He added, “We’re hoping that people will take advantage of The BORO to support their local restaurants by grabbing a drink and strolling around into the many downtown retail establishments and support these local small businesses.”

First Friday events for March 4 include a drum circle with Healing Earth Rhythms from 6:30 to 9 p.m. at Center City Park.  You don’t even have to bring your own drum to participate as loaners will be available. However, as noted you will have to leave your drink behind since Center City Park is not included in The BORO.