Jubilee 2011 hailed a success by organizers

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - Event coordinators for Montgomery's Jubilee Cityfest are calling the 2011 edition of the annual music festival a success.

"All of the events including the Run, KidsFest, and BrewFest were successful," said Marianne Mcleod, the event's executive director. "The attendance for all of the gated and non–gated events drew more than 25,000 spectators," McLeod added.

Exact figures on revenue have not yet been released.

The 35th edition of Jubilee benefited from great weather on May 20 and 21, as opposed to the 2010 celebration which was hampered by rain and strong winds.

Bringing crowds out to the Riverwalk Amphitheatre were names like Patrick Stump, Janelle Monae, and Bruno Mars. The event was billed as "Bama's Big Bang".

James Belton, Jubilee's volunteer chairman, said the event was a big success, adding that a major sponsor has already signed on to keep Bama's Big Bang coming back for at least 2 more years.

McLeod said people from at least 15 different states as far away as California and New York made the trek to see the event.

Following the concerts, Montgomery was treated to a large pyro-music spectacular that had crowds in awe with an array of fireworks. ."We had people in the amphitheater, in boats, on roof tops, parking lots, streets and on the interstate watching the sky explode over the Alabama River," said Belton.

The Central Alabama Red Cross also received a $5,000 donation from Bruno Mars to help with the Alabama Tornado Relief efforts.