tailgate party


Definition of tailgate party 


: a social gathering in which food and drinks are served at or near the back end of a parked vehicle (such as a pickup truck) that usually occurs in a parking lot before or after a public event (such a football game or concert)

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No doubt there were fans who would have preferred to experience those tunes at Alpine surrounded by the pretty rolling hills, and preceded by a tailgating party in the parking lots. Piet Levy, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "New songs drag an otherwise spirited Dave Matthews Band show at Summerfest," 1 July 2018 Credit: Nikolaos Vitos via Storyful Media: Storyful The park’s concession stand will not be open for this event, so spectators are encouraged to bring their own coolers with food and drinks for a tailgate party-style celebration. Vanesa Brashier, Houston Chronicle, "Fireworks show coming to Cleveland July 4," 15 June 2018 Festivities began with a tailgate party outside of Toyota Center, where league co-founder Ice Cube performed. Parth Upadhyaya, Houston Chronicle, "Return to court for BIG3 fuels players’ NBA memories, competitive fire," 22 June 2018 Locally-owned by Strongsville native Becky Zielinski, Stitch N Switch is known in the Northeast Ohio area through its online store and active participation in home-team tailgate parties at local downtown venues. Shirley Macfarland, cleveland.com, "Recycle outdated sports jerseys with Stitch N Switch sew-on-the-go replacement nameplates: Strong Points," 4 May 2018 Kansas football fans can already start their preparations for some breakfast tailgate parties next season. Jesse Newell, kansascity, "KU football releases four kickoff times, including early Black Friday start vs. Texas," 31 May 2018 The tailgate party — hosted by the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee, which are to get 100% of the proceeds from the event — will have food, giveaways, and autograph and Q&A sessions. Chris Foran, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Milwaukee Beer Week, Packers Tailgate Tour and more things to do in Milwaukee this weekend," 12 Apr. 2018 Expect temps to start around the 40s as the sun rises and tailgate parties fire up downtown. Detroit Free Press Staff, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Tigers' Opening Day 2018: Everything you need to know," 28 Mar. 2018 The folks at British insurance-shopping website GoCompare have created a list of the movies' most iconic, popular and frequently seen cars that’ll stir things up the next time conversation stalls at anything from a family dinner to a tailgate party. Mark Phelan, USA TODAY, "Ford Mustang vs. Chevy Camaro: Which is bigger at the box office?," 17 May 2018

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1958, in the meaning defined above

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