- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

DETROIT (AP) - An annual downtown Detroit cold weather festival kicks off Friday with city leaders and others cutting through an ice ribbon.

The Meridian Winter Blast presented by Quicken Loans starts at 11 a.m. Friday and runs through Sunday.

Attractions include the 30-foot-high Buick Snow Slide, free ice skating at Campus Martius and lighted ice sculptures. Snowshoeing, dogsledding, synchronized ice skating and speed skating demonstrations also will be held.

This marks the 10th year for the Winter Blast. More than 75,000 people attended last year.

Heated tents will be placed 150 feet apart.

Admission is $2, three canned goods or non-perishable items or a children’s book.

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Online:

Event details: http://www.winterblast.com

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