Grand Rapids African American Art and Music Festival draws crowds at new location for 2021

GRAND RAPIDS, MI — The Grand Rapids African American Arts and Music Pageant introduced quite a lot of meals, leisure and creations to downtown Grand Rapids Saturday, Sept. 25.

The one-day occasion, held at Studio Park in downtown Grand Rapids kicked off at midday Saturday.

“We now have a competition that has been occurring for 40-plus years simply to immerse our group in tradition, in dance, in music and all these issues which might be expressive for Black folks,” mentioned competition board chair Lisa Knight.

The Grand Rapids Public Library, Youngsters’s Museum and Grand Rapids Fireplace Division had been a number of of the teams current to interact with a whole bunch of people that handed by means of.

The competition has been held in Grand Rapids for greater than 4 a long time, traditionally at Calder Plaza or Martin Luther King Jr. Park, however this yr had some modifications.

Knight mentioned this yr’s occasion was held at Studio Park to permit for COVID-19 security protocols. All festivalgoers had been strongly beneficial to social distance and put on a face masks, no matter vaccination standing.

“We’re coming again,” Knight mentioned. “We will as a group can construct collectively, help each other and share in all the great facets of a person tradition.”

Extra details about the competition could be discovered at

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