This year’s Kingston Avenue Festival, on Saturday, May 17th, brought over 500 people from the community of all ages together for a sunny day on two blocks of Kingston Avenue. The streets between Bergen Street and Pacific Street were lined with over 35 tables of activities, workshops, and community resources.
Young people and audience members had a great time with a donut eating contest.
Performers spread the S.O.S. anti-violence message, and emcee, Senior Outreach Worker Derick Scott, led the audience in chants of “Guns down, peace up!” and “Stop shooting, start living!”
Children made shirts,
learned to play guitar and drums,
played, soccer, volleyball, and basketball,
and so much more.
Youth Organizing to Save Our Streets ran a facepainting booth and a quiz about their work where people could win T-shirts. Throughout the afternoon, festival-goers decorated a communal anti-violence mural. Local DJs Ahmad Julian, Dj Ushka, Dj Beto, and Dj Ripley from iBomba and the Dutty Artz collective provided music to the block.
This wonderful event would not have been possible without the cooperation of so many organizations, merchants, and volunteers. We owe many thanks to our partners in this event, and want to express our sincere gratitude to the over 70 volunteers who helped set up and clean up the event, take photos, hand out food, make arts and crafts, and everyone who contributed such a positive atmosphere.