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There will be dancing (and other activities) in the streets Sunday

Bicycle riders take advantage of a closed Ruston Way overpass during the 2014 Downtown to Defiance event. It’s happening again Sunday.
Bicycle riders take advantage of a closed Ruston Way overpass during the 2014 Downtown to Defiance event. It’s happening again Sunday. Staff file, 2014

Traffic on nearly seven miles of Tacoma streets will be limited to the human-powered variety for four hours Sunday.

The fourth Downtown to Defiance event, staged by the city of Tacoma and Metro Parks Tacoma, is designed to allow walkers, runners, cyclists, skaters and others to experience waterfront streets without traffic.

The route will be closed to vehicles from 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

The event is free, but those interested in participating are encouraged to register at downtowntodefiance.com. Those who register receive a cinch bag while supplies last.

“Downtown to Defiance has become a major community celebration,” said Kristina Walker, Downtown On the Go’s executive director. “Participants can experience a great stretch of Tacoma's waterfront while biking, running, skateboarding, rollerblading or walking.”

The course will start at the 21st Street Park. Streets used for the event include Dock Street, Schuster Parkway and Ruston Way.

Participants can join the event at any point along the course. Activities along the route include food trucks, a skateboard park and paddleboard rentals.

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