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DMB Caravan Epilogue: The Albany Avenue Bridge Exodus

For my money, the moments that best captured the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at happened on the Albany Avenue drawbridge leading to and from the Bader Field site just over the intracoastal waterway.

DMB Caravan Epilogue: The Albany Avenue Bridge Exodus

For my money, the moments that best captured the Dave Matthews Band Caravan at happened on the Albany Avenue drawbridge leading to and from the Bader Field site just over the intracoastal waterway. 

For the nightly exodus, Atlantic City Police officers shut down the roadway from the bridge to the Monument to cars for about 20 minutes to clear the tens of thousands of people leaving Bader Field. It turned into a joyous march over the bridge and down toward the Boardwalk. All the cops I talked to thought it was the coolest thing to watch. It really was. 

The crowd stretched all the way to the monument at Albany and Ventnor Avenues, like Times Square at midnight, the start of some walk-a-thon, or, perhaps more precisely, a cargo shorts and flip flopped version of the old Easter photos of Atlantic City, when people filled the Boardwalk in their finest. 

On the final night, the sounds of the DMB covering Sly and the Family Stone's Thank You For Letting Me Be Myself Again (or Falettinme Be Mice Elf Agin). Here they are as they make that exhilerating cross over the Bridge. At one point, a couple of officers crossed in a golf cart and people cheered them. It was well deserved. From what I saw, the police and security were into the event, for what it was and what it promised for a hip and adventurous Atlantic City. They made the crowd control as casually efficient as possible. Closing the bridge to cars every night was a great move. Everything all seemed to go very smoothly this weekend, and everyone seemed pleased and hopeful that the city might host such events in the future. Bader Field setpped up in a big way. 

About this blog

Inquirer staff writer Amy S. Rosenberg has covered Philly police, city neighborhoods, Ed Rendell as mayor, the Jersey shore, Atlantic City, Miss America and the psychology of Eagles fans. She moved to Ventnor on July 3, 1995, which makes her a local, but not really.

Inquirer Staff Writer Jacqueline L. Urgo has spent every summer of her life at the Jersey Shore, and has lived there year-round for nearly 30 years, even fulfilling one of her bucket list dreams by once living in a house by the sea.

Since 1990, she has covered the waterfront for The Inquirer — from the Atlantic to the Delaware Bay shore — and some of the mainland in between. Along the way, she amassed an encyclopedic knowledge of this tear-it-down-and-build-it-back-up region, delving into the history and the hype of a place with a lot of unexpected stories to tell.

Reach The Downashore at arosenberg@phillynews.com.

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