(WRCB) - CARTA is providing incentive for shoppers to head Downtown this weekend.

The parking and transit authority announced Monday all street parking will free Friday and Saturday after Thanksgiving.

"We had a mixed reaction to this effort last year.  Some business owners stated they would rather have the meters on to cut down on employees taking all of the available free spaces.  We are going to evaluate this and could possibly make changes next year", said Brent Matthews, CARTA's Director of Parking.

The city operates parking meters throughout Downtown and along the North Shore.

The fee waiver does not apply to CARTA or Republic parking lots or garages.