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Sometimes, you don?t need a reason to throw a good party.

For the folks behind the Green Bandana Group, a Dallas-based events and marketing concern that promotes arts commerce, parties are part and parcel of what they do. Call it their personal raison d?être.

Through the end of the year, under the banner #popUPdallas, the group will host four soirees in short order (on December 21, 22, 28 and 31), each with specific themes and all supporting Dallas with a community-building, entrepreneurial spirit.

The group, led by founder Darryl Ratcliff, is innovative in its aim to unite our city?s denizens despite neighborhood or differing backgrounds. For Ratcliff, the parties are a means of educating others about what Dallas has to offer. This past summer, Ratcliff and his team hosted a series of parties that they planned and executed in less than a workweek. An average of 150 people attended each event, many of which featured minimal cover charges ($10) and were BYOB.

It?s nothing new for the company, which hopes to change the perception of Big D. Over the past few months, Green Bandana has helped to sponsor such events as Waves of Unity (a celebration of religious and multicultural understanding that was held at the American Airlines Center) and has promoted (and celebrated) the eighth season of DaVerse Lounge, a spoken-word, open-mike ?multi-genre experience,? as Ratcliff bills it.

All welcome steps in bridging our sprawling--but beloved and eclectic--landscape.

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