“We’re going to start out small, not bite off more than we can chew, and then grow it year by year,” Funk said. “It’s been neglected for a number of years.”
Funk said he is involved in ongoing discussions to see if he can maintain a Halloween festival. The “Ghouls Gone Wild” parade was launched, organized and promoted for seven years by the Oklahoma Gazette, and was credited with creating an event catering to the city’s young adult creative class.
“I was sad that the ‘Ghouls Gone Wild’ event went by the wayside,” Funk said. “That’s the kind of cool event Oklahoma City needs. I still would like to see us come up with a cool concept that would attract that same demographic and same crowd.”
Funk added he is drawn to event promotion because of its relationship to the sports teams he owns. Prodigal is also launching a new soccer team this year.
“My personal philosophy about sports teams and events is that they are a community asset,” Funk said. “But you have to have the city embrace it. I feel there’s an obvious opportunity for a financial model, but we’re there to make sure we protect the interests of the community. Downtown is thriving. It hasn’t hit critical mass yet, but it’s going to. And the more activity you can add to that environment, it will get us to that critical mass faster.”
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O’City St. Patrick’s Day Fest & Parade Schedule
Saturday, March 15:
•10 a.m. The Bricktown St. Patrick's Day Block Party at Sheridan and Oklahoma Avenues begins (all ages, and admission is free)
•11 a.m. TapWerks Ale House opens for the St. Patrick's Day Festival (21 and older, and admission is free)
•11 a.m. Parade starts at Reno and Hudson Avenues, and travels down Reno Avenue to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
•4 p.m. Live music by Kylie Morgan at the Block Party
•6 p.m. Live music by 100 Bones at the Block Party
•8 p.m. Live music by Tyler Lee and the 333's at the Block Party
•10 p.m. Live music by NICNOS at the Block Party