By Todd Bensman - Express-News
“It's just horrible,” she said. “Months and months of planning went into making this an awesome experience. Everyone was just standing around with no place to go.”
“No one would answer me when I called the emergency telephone number?” Blair asked, incredulous. “Why would they have an emergency number that goes to nowhere?”
With the help of city employees, enough tables and chairs to seat hundreds were set up. The band found electricity and started playing, and soon thereafter plates of chili, chips and tamales were working through the happy crowd. Smiles soon outnumbered frowns, despite the unseasonable warmth of the day and limited handicap-accessible bathrooms.
“It's turned into a beautiful picnic in the outdoors, with beautiful women and good food,” he said. “What more could you want?”
It remained unclear why the party was locked out of its venue. By Sunday evening, voice messages left on the phone lines provided by CPS Energy were still unanswered.