When: Fri., Dec. 28, 2-6 p.m. 2012
Kwanzaa is one of the few holidays that the consumer machine hasn’t eaten up yet. Sure, you might see a few Kwanzaa decorations in stores here and there, but no one’s telling you to go Kwanzaa shopping, or to spend tons of money on a fancy Kwanzaa dinner. That’s why the annual St. Julian Devine Kwanzaa festival can be a welcome respite from all the Christmas-time consumerism that we’ve all been subjected to for the past couple of months. This family-friendly celebration starts with a parade led by African drummers, beginning at Mall Park and traveling to St. Julian Devine. Afterward, stay for a Kwanzaa feast, dancing, an African fashion show, and speakers who will share African history and poetry, as well as discuss the meaning of the holiday. Guests will also have the opportunity to participate in a special ceremony to honor their ancestors and share their experiences with African culture.