Community Carnival in Coatesville Spotlights African American Culture

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COATESVILLE, PA — The City of Coatesville is welcoming the African American Cultural Carnival through Saturday, July 31. The African American Cultural Alliance (AACA) of Lancaster has partnered with the City to present a five-day festival that celebrates African American culture, business, and community connection.

Visitors can enjoy a carnival midway that features family-friendly rides and games for the whole family, shopping at a Business Expo that spotlights 20 black-owned small businesses, and live music and performances featuring local and regional talent. All festivities take place at Victor Abdala Park, 801 Oliver Street in Coatesville, PA. Special musical acts include a Friday Hip-Hop show featuring five artists and a Saturday night gospel show with area artists. Carnival midway rides run from 6 pm to 10 pm through Saturday, and the African American Business Expo will be open on Saturday from 2 pm to 8 pm.

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“This is a wonderful community event that the entire city and surrounding neighbors are embracing,” says James Logan, Coatesville City Manager. “Our City Council members were very enthusiastic when they heard the news of a carnival coming to Coatesville.  We are pleased to establish a relationship with the City of Lancaster through the African American Cultural Alliance, which reached out to partner with us. They have done a terrific job organizing an exciting carnival that features and celebrates local and regional African American talent and vendors.”

“We started the carnival in Lancaster seven years ago, and appreciated that Coatesville residents volunteered to support the event in our city,” says Derek Smith, President of AACA, which focuses on celebrating the rich heritage of the African American experience through art, history and cultural understanding. “Recognizing that Coatesville shares similar demographics to Lancaster, we reached out to bring the same opportunity to Coatesville. We hope to demonstrate that you don’t have to leave your community to celebrate your heritage, and we hope to make economic impact within the city by attracting visitors and awareness.”

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“The carnival offers fun for the whole family while underscoring the important influence of African American Heritage and culture,” says Khadijah Al Amin, Coatesville City Council Member At Large, who attended opening night festivities

“The community is truly enjoying this event,” adds Coatesville City Council Vice President Carmen Green. “Abdala Park is the ideal location for many local vendors to share their goods and services with us. I am grateful for The African American Cultural Alliance for promoting the diversity of our community and introducing the region to the many talents and businesses that we have in the City of Coatesville.”

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