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TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

A lot is riding on three events this weekend that aim to get people excited about downtown and South Tucson, and even excited about being around each other.

Tucson Hullabaloo will be a two day event that starts Saturday.  Live music will run both days, along with a variety of events from a large puppet-show to a costume competition, and from the jumping castle to bungee trampolines, along with local food and beer.  Both days will open with bike parades about 9:15 in the morning, which ties in to Cyclovia Tucson.

On Sunday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cyclovia Tucson will feature a variety of events to experience as people ride or walk the circuit between downtown to South Tucson.

On Sunday from noon to 7 p.m., South Tucson will have Feria del Sur Tucson, which is its first festival in decades, in an effort to get people to take notice of what South Tucson has to offer.  South Fourth is already lined with papel picada, or cut paper, and they've painted where pedestrians must cross the street. Live music is also planned.

The three events aim to get people excited about being out together. and for them to consider downtown and South Tucson as destinations again.  The shows are for all ages.

"Just standing by the gates and watching people come in, I was floored by the diversity of the people.  All different ages, all different races, people with kids, people from bars, everybody," said Matt Ziegler, one of the organizers of Tucson Hullabaloo.

"We are encouraging people to imagine and create the kind of city that they would like to see.  That's why we're having demonstrations of parklets, protected bike lanes, we've got a number of interactive games where people can imagine how underutilized or abandoned lots or spaces might be recreated or repopulated by a business," said Cyclovia Tucson event coordinator Kylie Walzak.

Both days at Tucson Hullabuloo, the first five hundred people to show up with two cans of food get in free.

Kids five and under are free.

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