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What’s Up, Starland? Art March Parade and Festival heads to Waters Avenue neighborhood

  • Photo by Jalal Pleasant, courtesy Art Rise Savannah
  • Photo by Molly Lieberman, courtesy Art Rise Savannah
  • July's Art March map
 

What’s Up, Starland? Art March Parade and Festival heads to Waters Avenue neighborhood

04 Jul 2017

Parades can come in all shapes and sizes: big ones, small ones, long ones and short ones. From political rallies to pride parades, marching together with your fellow citizens has been a way for communities to make a statement since statements first needed to be made. 
 
At 5 p.m. July 8, we seek to make another statement as Art Rise Savannah’s Art March Parade and Festival makes its way to the Waters Avenue neighborhood. We are making the statement that the arts belong on the street. We are declaring that individuals in communities should know one another, and that anyone and everyone should be a part of this parade. 
 
Our last art parade was in April in the Starland District. We all knew the event was going to be pretty fun and exciting, but I don’t think any of us were prepared for the incredible energy, artwork and excitement that was demonstrated that day. You could feel the community’s confidence in itself grow with each marching step. It was truly magical. 
 
This weekend’s event is a people-powered art parade of citizens, community groups, neighbors, performance artists, small businesses and anyone who feels like jumping in and being loud and creative. Samba Savannah will lead the way with their rhythmic drums and dancers as we make our way from the parking lot of It’s Amazing Beauty Shop at 37th and Waters, down Live Oak Street to 31st, then back down Waters Avenue to finish where we started. 
 
At the end of the parade there will be live performances from King Whoa, comedian Tommy Blake, Jay Tune and Street Clothes. These live performances start at 6 p.m. and will be overseen by Master of Ceremonies DJ Prince. The show will also be broadcast online on Servin These Streets Radio.  
 
I’ve had the pleasure of working with DJ Prince on this parade and learning more about his work both on the radio and in communities. In a news release we sent out about the parade, he says, “It’s a great thing for Art Rise and us to come together and do something great for the Waters Avenue area. I feel that more of these events can bring the city of Savannah back together in unity.” 
I couldn’t agree more. 
 
Go to artmarchsavannah.com for more information on the parade. The parade will start marching at 5 p.m. and the live music will begin at the 37th and Waters Shopping Center at 6 p.m. 
It’s free and open to the public! 
 
Clinton Edminster is executive director of Art Rise Savannah. Email info@artrisesavannah.org or go to artrisesavannah.org. 
 
IF YOU GO 
What: Art Rise Savannah’s Art March Parade and Festival 
When: 5 p.m. July 8 
Where: 37th Street and Waters Avenue 
Cost: Free 
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