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Black History, parade and Festival in Palm Springs

Artifacts from Palm Springs area
Artifacts from Palm Springs area
Randy Schuck

A great way to finish off Black History month was to celebrate in Palm Springs. The parade had something for everyone, including drum corps, jazz bands and low riders…the drill teams performing in the parade and at the festival were : JOJ Drill Team and Band, Praise Dance, Bibby Beyant Quartet, Angie (Jazz), Porsia, Chicago ATM (rap) and Slam squad. These talented performers came from all over California, from Compton to the Desert.

Black History Month
Black History Month
Randy Schuck

The festival had food from all over, BBQ, fish and chips, and other delights. Some booths had handcrafted items for sale and some where professional booths. The Covered California booth had all the information you need to get signed up for health care. There was a booth to sign up to vote, with the President and Michelle in attendance, well at least their life size cardboard cutouts. Also the Riverside County Sheriffs department was present and taking on all questions on how to join their department.The Planned Parenthood booth was popular also.
The only history at the festival was displayed at the Boys and Girls Club booth. They had pictures, and artifacts, including dolls, Log Cabin syrup cans, and other items that had been donated to the club, along with newspaper clippings of black history happenings in and around the Palm Springs area.
In addition other happenings in Palm Springs this week were, Modernism week, where you can climb aboard the double decker bus for a tour ride.

The Palm Springs Art fair was going strong this weekend and brought lots of tourists and snow birds to the locale.

All of these events happening at the same time are not unusual for one of the Friendliest towns in America, namely Palm Springs.