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St. Julian Devine Kwanzaa Festival

When: Tue., Dec. 27, 2-6 p.m. 2011

Just because Christmas is over after Saturday doesn’t mean the celebrations have to end. The City of Charleston is throwing their annual Kwanzaa celebration to remind the community of its African heritage. A parade from Mall Park on Columbus Street to the St. Julian Devine Community Center will kick off the day with authentic African drumming. The festivities continue at the community center, where guest speakers will discuss the history behind each day of Kwanzaa and why the holiday is important for the community to recognize. During a ceremony, guests will give thanks to their ancestors and honor their own personal experiences with the African culture. The afternoon will conclude with dinner and live music by talents like Bob Smalls, an African drummer, among others. “It’s not the most formal thing,” says Laurie Yarborough, the director of recreation for the City of Charleston. “We really just want to raise awareness in the community about Kwanzaa.”

Abigail Darlington

Price: Free

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