Cleveland Orchestra's Star Spangled Spectacular kicks off the holiday week in Cleveland

CLEVELAND - Those who rolled the dice Monday and took their chances with the weather to see the Cleveland Orchestra's 24th Annual Star Spangled Spectacular were treated to a rain free concert and fireworks show that followed.

Many of the estimated crowd of 10,000 people were keeping an eye on the radar before deciding to make a go for it. "We were watching the weather," said Laura Cohen of Solon who came down with her family. "We were watching the radar and it was looking like it was actually moving away."

Sherri McLean of Mentor was coming either way. Her group took over a corner of Public Square spreading a blue tarp over the grass so that no one got wet from the grass soaked by heavy rains that pushed through the area around 4:30 p.m.

The Cleveland Orchestra took the stage at 9 p.m. wowing the crowds with an hour plus concert of both patriotic and classic hits as well as music from the films "Superman" and "Toy Story," closing with Tchaikovsky's "1812 Overture" before the finale of "Stars & Stripes Forever" giving way to fireworks at 10:20 p.m.

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