Valdosta, GA -- October 10, 2011 --
The First Friday of each month is a big deal in Valdosta, the downtown area fills up with people and music.
Cold beer and spirited drinks are always a part of the festivities, but by law patrons can't walk around with them.
Well, the City of Valdosta says, maybe you should be able to.
Daniel Folsom works downtown, he plays downtown and he's thrilled about the event permit.
"And so you can just walk around now, of course with your drink, and just enjoy some of the local talent."
People can now walk with alcohol in-hand in the city, but only on the first Friday of each month through the end of the year.
It's a special event permit.
You are, however, restricted to certain boundaries within the downtown district.
For instance, downtown parking lots are still off limits.
And patrons can't just bring any alcohol with them.
Their drinks have to be purchased from licensed downtown establishments.
You'll know them when you see them.
They'll be in a special First Friday cup.
Daniel Folsom thinks it's a great idea.
"To see your friends it really made us feel like a community. So I'm very excited about it."
The event permit first took effect Friday the 7th, the day of the Winnersville Classic.
Valdosta Police say "They didn't have any problems."
But they'll still be out there patrolling, the First Friday of each month as long as this continues.
The Special Event permit will continue through December.