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Posted: Friday, September 26, 2003 1:06 pm | Updated: 1:45 pm, Thu Oct 6, 2011.

Call it Parada on the Pavement.

A group of Scottsdale bar owners are pitching an upscale New Year’s Eve block party with chardonnay, champagne, and nary a baseball cap in sight.

Aiming for the 25- to 40-year-old crowd, four Craftsman Court bar owners are proposing closing off the street from Third to Fifth avenues for a New Orleansstyle bash with two dance floors, three bands, six disc jockeys, and tables and chairs.

"I’m 34, married, with a kid. I don’t go to Tempe for the block party," said Brian Roehrich, owner of Sugar Daddy’s and the Dos Gringos restaurants in Scottsdale and Tempe. "It’s going to have an adult atmosphere."

Roehrich and his partners are seeking a special permit from the city so partygoers can stroll from bar to bar, drinks in hand.

"We’re trying to create a signature event in Scottsdale," he said.

"It’s not a 100 percent goahead," he said. "It’s not even a 50 percent go-ahead."

An application has been submitted to the city, and questions remain.

Liability and liquor licensing issues need to be ironed out, according to Kroy Ekblaw, general manager of planning and development services.

"I thought it was a good proposal," planner Robert Bushfield said. "I’m hoping we can work out the details to it."

Police staffing for security is also an issue, according to Roehrich.

The Scottsdale Police Department has informally agreed to provide security for the Fiesta Bowl.

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