It's not quite Beale Street or the French Quarter, but Hattiesburg's new Downtown Entertainment District did draw a large crowd tonight, despite the inclement weather.
Hattiesburg city officials hope to improve the foot traffic for nightspots and restaurants on the weekends by blocking off a few streets on Friday and Saturday nights. Portions of Front and Mobile Streets are included in the district.
This first evening for the new downtown featured some special events for visitors.
City officials say they'll monitor the district for about six months to see if there is indeed an increase in business.