(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie/kritchie@madisoncourier.com)
Madison is throwing a party to celebrate the new bridge on Saturday. The Bridge Slide Celebration kicks off at 4 p.m. at Bicentennial Park with plenty of activities.

The park will be filled with music from the Community Concert Band, the Doctors' Band and Rusty Bladen. Bladen is debuting a new song for the celebration called "Brand New Bridge."

The party will also feature a flash mob. The recent cultural phenomenon occurs when a group of people suddenly assemble in a public place to perform a choreographed act for a brief period of time and then quickly disperse.

Community Relations Director Andrew Forrester said the flash mob is free to anyone who wants to join. There is a video on the city's youtube channel that will teach the dance to anyone who wants to participate in the flash mob.

The address for the video is www.youtube.com/cityofmadisonin

Local aviator Cliff Robinson will also perform an air show at the party. Robinson recently performed one of his aerobatic demonstrations at the annual Thunder Over Louisville air show on April 20.

Community relations intern Devon Kondaki said plenty of vendors will be at the party, including four different food trucks.

Bounce houses and free face painting also will be available to children, Kondaki said.

Commemorative coins and T-shirts will also be sold.

Kondaki also said that more people have signed up to attempt to break the Guinness World Record for the number of people to slide down a water slide in an hour. The attempt will take place at Crystal Beach Pool at 4 p.m. The current world record is 200 people. Madison's goal is at least 300.

"More people have signed up for the slide, so we're ready to go with that," Kondaki said.

The festivities will conclude in the park around dusk with a free screening of the 2006 Disney Pixar movie "Cars."

The Bridge Slide Celebration is free and open to the public.

(Courier file photo by Ken Ritchie)