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Memphis mayor raises 'Grit and Grind' flags

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Mayor A C Wharton raised grit and grind flags at the tip of Mud Island after announcing May, 24 would be Grizzlies Day. Mayor A C Wharton raised grit and grind flags at the tip of Mud Island after announcing May, 24 would be Grizzlies Day.
All the activity makes Memphis perhaps the place to be this weekend. All the activity makes Memphis perhaps the place to be this weekend.
Outside the Presbyterian Day School in East Memphis stands larger than life wooden cutouts of the Memphis Grizzlies. Outside the Presbyterian Day School in East Memphis stands larger than life wooden cutouts of the Memphis Grizzlies.
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(WMC-TV) - The Memphis mayor said the weekend will be all grit, grind, and shine. While it is mostly about basketball, there are several reasons all eyes are on Memphis this weekend.

Outside the Presbyterian Day School in East Memphis stands larger than life wooden cutouts of the Memphis Grizzlies.

Art teacher Darla Linerode-Henson supervised nearly 30 people painting for eight days.

"We had a sign up sheet. I made everyone sign up. We had everybody from second graders to adults," said Linerode-Henson.

In downtown Memphis, a huge banner on AutoZone's office building shows their the Grizz spirit.

Mayor A C Wharton raised grit and grind flags at the tip of Mud Island after announcing May, 24 would be Grizzlies Day.

He shared plans to shut down streets for a huge viewing party on the FedEx Forum plaza.

That will extend Beale Street's reach.

Besides basketball, it is a long holiday weekend complete with a Paul McCartney concert in addition to Memphis in May's oldest event Sunset Symphony.

"Come down, support all of Memphis. If you don't have tickets to the Grizzlies game, we'll get you out in time to see the second half," said Memphis is May Vice President Diane Hampton.

All the activity makes Memphis perhaps the place to be this weekend.

A blimp will be in the Bluff City for aerial bump shots to commercial breaks during the basketball game. The city is asking downtown businesses to leave their lights on through the weekend to make this place as bright as possible in those pictures.

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