According to State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (District 98), the Block Party and Picnic For Peace had four anchoring purposes, including helping people improve their quality of life through education, employment and health.
"The other three purposes were to showcase the businesses in the community, create an economic impact in the community where the event is, and create an event that would increase the pride in the community," said Parkinson.
Now in its seventh year, the Block Party and Picnic For Peace has grown tremendously in length and attendance. What started off as a three-hour event with an attendance of 300 has grown into a three-day event with an attendance of about 13,000.
- Written by Brittney Gathen/Special to The New Tri-State Defender
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