Urban Trails Harambee Festival and Parade

Event Details

Date(s) & Time(s)::

August 2, 2014

Location: Weisser Park Drexel and Hanna st

Phone: 260 804-7442

Email: humbledheads09@gmail.com

Link: http://www.fortwayneparks.org

Event Description

July 30, 2014 Updated Jul 30, 2014 at 10:14 AM EST

This year will be the 21st year for the Harambee Festival celebrated on Fort Wayne’s southeast side. A ‘Walking in Unity Parade’ starts off the event from Pontiac Street to Hanna Street at 10 am. Groups with children will march from the Pontiac Mall, (1108 E. Pontiac Street), and travel west on Pontiac Street, turn south (left) onto Hanna St. and proceed to Weisser Park.

Following the parade the community is invited to participate in free family-friendly activities including basketball tournament, storytelling, music, poetry and skits.

Face painting, always a popular event with kids, will be available as well as games with prizes like a ring toss, duck pond, candy wheel and fish pond. Food vendors will be on site. The festival continues until 7 pm.

The African/African-American Museum will have an exhibit at the Harambee Festival on Saturday, August 2, 2014 at Weisser Park (802 Eckart Street).

So what does the word “Harambee” mean? According to a spokesperson at the Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department, the word “Harambee” is a Swahili phrase for “let’s all pull together.”

The Harambee Festival is sponsored by the Harambee Festival Committee and the Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation Department.




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