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Palafox Place is a major commercial area in downtown Pensacola, Florida, United States. It is located along a large section of the South Palafox thoroughfare. The title is not used by all Floridians. The urban locale is defined by a length of roadway situated south of Garden Street and north of Government Street.
Palafox Place has been labeled an "entertainment district" due to the location of venues such as Vinyl Music Hall and the Saenger Theatre. Culinary venues such as Adonna's Bakery and Cafe, the Dog House Deli and the Global Grill are based in the area, contributing to Palafox Place's popularity as a historic center for leisure and tourist activities. Locals sometimes refer to it as "the strip" due to the majority of the establishments being next door to one another.
Early History 1760s
Palafox was first known as Gorge Street, when a British engineer, Allies Stanforn, surveyed the city. During the re-capturing of Florida from the Spanish Empire in 1783, the street was renamed Calle De Palafox or Palafox Street. It stretched from the gardens today known as Garden Street to the waterfront where Main Street sits today. The area then was also a commercial area.
After the Civil War
By the nineteen hundreds the area of Palafox Place was expanding with department stores, restaurants, offices and the city's first street lights.
World War II
Palafox Place continued to be the city's commercial hub well into the twentieth century until World War II. Thereafter suburban malls and shopping centers increased in retail and parking space pulling attention from Palafox Street.
New Year's Eve
The Pensacola Pelican Drop is the New Year's Eve Celebration that takes place in Palafox Place. The first dropping of the pelican happened December 31, 2008 as announced in the Pensacola News Journal. The Celebration is held with the dropping of a 12 foot tall, 2 1/2 ton aluminum Pelican wrapped with 2,000 lights. In 2010 the third edition was reported to be the biggest New Year's Eve Celebration in the Central Time Zone and the 2011 again grew.
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