“The main issues that we had were complaints from state workers not being able to walk on that street.”
“de Vere’s contracts out for all the security and traffic control so it does not cost the city anything. We anticipate that we have enough officers.”
Simon de Vere White, the pub’s co-owner, says they’re also hiring 45 security workers. So just how much is it costing de Vere’s to put this event on?
“It costs a lot of money. I don’t want to give you a figure. But it’s a very expensive event. Our feeling is it was good for the city last year and it’s good publicity for us.”
More than 6,000 people showed up last year. de Vere White says they expect an additional 1,500 this year...even though more people are out of work and the economy still hasn’t recovered.
“That is a gamble and definitely is a concern. We anticipate that the numbers will still be there. My brother and I have been working for the last 4 and a half months on this. So it’s crunch time.”
L Street will be closed before dawn on Wednesday morning and re-opened at 2 AM on Thursday.