The first Saturday of December is like a holiday around here. We celebrate MAINx24 rain or shine and 2023 provided loads of rain for all of the debauchery.

It was fun to see so many Chattanoogans gathered together, undeterred by the weather, for the area's signature annual event: MainX24. What started years ago as a street festival spearheaded by local nonprofit CreateHere has evolved into a full-on community celebration, drawing crowds from across the city to revel in art, music, food and more along the Southside's funky main artery on Main Street.

This year, HK Architects was both participant and sponsor for MainX24. Our team eagerly took part creating our float for the ever-popular parade, which kicks off a day filled with joyful chaos up and down the thoroughfare. Dripping rain ponchos aside, it was heartwarming to see Chattanoogans of all ages converge to cheer on the floats and embrace the togetherness this event cultivates.

As fans of Chattanooga's vibrant Southside neighborhood, we at HK Architects are proud to support MainX24. The festival represents the artsy yet unpretentious spirit of the community. Over the past decade, we've designed multiple prominent developments to enhance the area and continued to use Main Street as our headquarters dating back to 1999. We’ve believed in Main Street from the very beginning and look forward to many more MAINx24’s ahead.