Fort Pierce’s monthly Friday Fest is one of
Florida’s longest running street festivals and
Melody Lane in downtown Fort Pierce is home to Friday Fest, a street party held on the first Friday of each month from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Vendors line both
sides of the street right up to the Fort Pierce Marina.
BY SUSAN BURGESS
When a small cluster of people gathered outside
has become a model for other cities
PHOTO BY JOHN CULVERHOUSE
PJ Clark’s on North Second Street in Fort
Pierce 20 years ago, they had high hopes but
no idea they were founding an event that
would eventually draw thousands and be
copied around the state.
“I’ll never forget the first time we held it,” said Friday Fest
founder Tom Kindred Jr. “We had little more than myself,
my wife and my parents standing out in the street. The band
didn’t even show. So it was a pretty miserable event. The next
morning I was outside cleaning up and a merchant came out
and said, ‘Friday Fest really stunk.’”
Undeterred, they kept trying. Southern Eagle Distributing
signed on as the event’s first sponsor. Pizza Hut became one
of the first food vendors.
“Our company was thrilled to be a part of it,” said Paul