SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) -The annual Hickory Street Harambee Festival will be held in Springfield on Sunday.
The festival will include:
- new amusement rides
- a basketball tournament
- a salute to the 50th anniversary of hip-hop
- a kid’s fashion show
- food trucks
- a live band
- a gospel concert
- and more
The festival was held on Saturday and will also be held on Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. at Samuel Bolden Park on Wilbraham Avenue in Springfield.
“I heard about he Harambee years ago. How it used to be a staple and a big thing in Springfield, and I always wanted to be a part of that,” expressed CEO of Vindictive Vixen Lashes, Jennifer Nnanna.
The annual Hickory Street Harambee festival in Springfield brought the community together for a second day full of fun. People were able to go on amusement rides, participate in a basketball tournament and speak will local vendors, all celebrating the African-American culture.
“It pretty much gives entrepreneurs hope. It doesn’t matter how old you are,” Nnanna added that the festival gives entrepreneurs a chance to showcase their businesses, “You can also teach the youth that they can also become an entrepreneur, and it just gives good vibes and good community.”
Veronica McNair, the President of the Hickory Street Harambee Committee says it’s important to have events that allow everyone to come together, network and have a good time, “It’s really important to provide these types of events, to have people come out, make a little money, come together, meet new people, network, and talk about our heritage, our culture. There’s tons of rich resources in the park.”
Hickory Street Harambee’s mission is to help preserve the history, culture, and legacy of the historic HA, according to their social media.