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Updated: Oct. 16, 4:47 p.m.

The second Blink festival was bigger than the first, expanding into Kentucky with more murals, and more projection mapping. It also attracted more people, according to organizers. The Cincinnati Chamber says they estimate between 1.25 and 1.5 million people came out during the four nights of the art and light festival stretching from Covington to Over-the-Rhine.

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Blink started Thursday night and one of the biggest, if not the biggest, event was the lighting of the Roebling Suspension Bridge. The historic span was bathed in lights that danced along to a specially composed soundtrack.

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Correction 4:46 p.m.

The four-night light and art phenomenon known as Blink starts Thursday, with projection mapping, sculptures and murals on display from Findlay Market to Covington. Organizers say there's more to see this time around.

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Architects of Air is back for this year's Blink festival. The inflated luminarium makes use of a thin PVC material to create a glowing wonderland of color nearly half a football field in length.

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The BLINK art, light and culture event returns to Cincinnati. And this year it stretches into Covington with more than two miles of lights illuminating both cities from Oct. 10-13. The festivities kick off Thursday with a Future City Spectacular Parade curated by ArtWorks. Chef Jean-Robert de Cavel serves as the grand marshal.

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It's a busy month for artist Pam Kravetz. But most months are. She is one of the participating artists in the BLINK parade and festival and she is also finishing up the first-ever artist in residence at Rosenthal Education Center in the Cincinnati Art Museum.

Organizers of Blink have already said it's best to plan on parking during the light and art festival and seeing the spectacle as a pedestrian. Julie Calvert with the Convention and Visitors Bureau says if you're coming Downtown, it's not a bad idea to get a hotel room.

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Updated: Oct. 11

Organizers of this year's Blink festival are encouraging people to walk, take the bus, ride the streetcar, hop on a bike or rent a scooter to see the show. Anything but drive. That's because streets were gridlocked during 2017's inaugural event.

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Blink will have more than 40 light-based interactive installations and over 80 entertainers during the four-night multi-media cultural event. There were twice as many submissions for interactive installations for this year's Blink than there were in 2017.

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The parade that kicks off the Blink festival is moving. The Future City Spectacular parade will start at Eighth Street, and travel south on Vine Street to the Freedom Center on Oct. 10, the first night of the light and art show. The first parade, in 2017, was in Over-the-Rhine.

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Parents call on the Cincinnati Public Schools district to reform its bus system after a series of problems results in students not getting picked up, being dropped off at the wrong stops, and parents frantically trying to find their kids when they didn't come home on time. 

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The 2019 version of Blink will be nearly twice as big as the first event, with more projection mappings, and more murals. Organizers say they won't reveal the light-based installation artists and parade entries until September.

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Organizers of the Blink festival are revealing some Covington features. For the second event, the light and art show will expand across the river with 20 installations, along with other activities and performances.

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The Roebling Suspension Bridge will be a part of the Blink festival this October. The Cincinnati light festival is crossing the river into Covington for its second show and will light up the historic span.

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Updated: 10:18 a.m.  

ArtsWave announced Thursday morning that the pop-up party has been canceled due to weather. The event has not been rescheduled. 

Fans of the Blink light festival will get a taste of what's to come tonight in Over-the-Rhine. A Blink Pop-Up party will take over a parking lot on Clay Street. Cincinnati Chamber spokesman Rich Walburg says it's to mark six months until the real show starts.

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The Blink art festival has already started the search for artists and light installations. Now, the door is open for other performers. Organizers are looking for musicians, bands, singers, buskers, dancers, actors and puppeteers for this October's four-night event.

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ArtWorks is looking for artists for the 2019 Blink festival. Starting Friday, ArtWorks will accept applications and proposals for interactive, light-based installations and sculptures.

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The creators of Blink say the light festival will return in 2019 and will expand to cross the Ohio River. Covington will join Over-the-Rhine, Downtown and The Banks in the four-day event.

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Updated 12:10 p.m.

The light and art show that replaced Lumenocity and attracted an estimated 1 million people to Downtown and Over-the-Rhine will be back, but not until next year. The Cincinnati Regional Chamber says Blink will return in October 2019 with large-scale projection mapping, murals, light sculptures and other entertainment.

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In October, a Cincinnati council majority was ready to end a contract with the company responsible for the streetcar ticket vending machines.  Now that firm says the problems have been addressed and it's offering a three-year extended warranty on the devices.  

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