ATLANTA -- The end of spring break collided with the city's first big crowd since the I-85 collapse. The Dogwood Festival came out of it smelling like a fresh spring flower. 

"I was pleasantly surprised that so many people took the initiative to come to Midtown," Atlanta Dogwood Festival Executive Director Brian Hill said. "We had exceptional attendance, and no real traffic issues reported. I think people took the opportunity to test the waters before they had to drive to work. And from our standpoint, it was nothing but a success."

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Hill said the official attendance estimate for the three days was 250,000. That's in line with crowd size in recent years. 

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Festival organizers and city leaders worked through the end of last week to spread the word about how to avoid crowds and manage new traffic workarounds.