LANCASTER, Pa. (WHTM) – The eighth annual African American Cultural Fair begins Tuesday night with live music, food trucks, carnival rides, and more.
“We produce African-American culture [Fair] to celebrate African American culture, life and music, ”said Vincent Smith, president of the African American Cultural Alliance of Lancaster. “We feature African American owned businesses, African American food, African American entertainment. “
The festival ends with a parade from Martin Luther King Elementary School to Reservoir Park on Saturday September 11. The parade will feature marching bands and dance teams from neighboring towns, and spotlight local nonprofits.
According to a pattern that has become all too familiar, the fair was canceled last year due to COVID-19, but it’s back this year. Smith is happy that the event can take place this week, but with some coronavirus precautions in place at the event.
Groups participating in the parade will be spaced six feet apart in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Participants will not be required to wear masks or provide proof of vaccination, although masks and hand sanitizer will be available at the outdoor event for those who wish.
The African-American Cultural Fair takes place from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. from Tuesday, September 7 to Friday, September 10. The parade will start at 1 p.m. on Saturday and then the festival will open at 4 p.m. that day.
Entrance to the fair is free. There is a cost for the rides and food.
The parade route is as follows:
- Start at King Elementary School, walk along Rockland Street
- Left on Green Street
- Right on S. Lime Street
- Left on Juniata Street
- Left on S. Ann Street
- Right on East End Avenue
- Left on S. Franklin Street, to Reservoir Park
“It’s a family and fun event for everyone. You don’t have to be African American to attend, so it’s open to the whole community, ”Smith said. “Just go out and enjoy the celebration. “