Relays, music festival cap off March Madness in Austin



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Posted on March 30, 2013 at 10:56 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 1 at 8:56 AM

AUSTIN -- The month of March is huge for the city of Austin, and the last weekend of the month is no exception.

This Easter weekend the streets of downtown Austin were packed with people. Thousands of people celebrated the Austin Urban Music Festival and Texas Relays.

The events marked the end of a busy month in the city, starting with South by Southwest and the Austin Rodeo, which brought nearly half a million people to town.

"It's like a family reunion environment, it's nice," says Kenyon Triplett.

Triplett and his wife Terreese drove in from Killeen to see Anthony Hamilton headline the Austin Urban Music Festival.

"Were here to expose different genres different artists from across Austin, Texas," explains the festival's media relations manager Keith Overton-Hadnot.

Organizers say the event brings soulful sounds to the city to cap off a calendar-packed month of live music.

"It's a beautiful day out here as well, so it's real nice," Terreese Triplett says.

Saturday night the couple was among thousands of visitors on 6th Street.

"It's going to be real packed," Terreese laughs.

The relays and the music festival drew some 45,000 athletes and fans to boost the economy with more than $8 million.

"Just hanging out, enjoying the crowd," says Jermaine Walker, who was walking down 6th Street.

Walker says he's downtown for the two events every year.

"It's fun, you're going to see some folks that you wouldn't normally see," he explains. "I don't know, I always enjoy seeing other faces that aren't here."

As March Madness in Austin comes to an end, Austin businesses will get a chance to take a breath and start gearing up for next year.

Austin police had extra officers manning the downtown area, stationed at 6th & Trinity over the weekend.