Friday, February 19, 2016

H’COLA’s Annual African-American History Festival this Weekend

The Hillside Coalition Of Laborers for Apalachicola, Inc., (H’COLA) will kick-off its 13th Annual African-American History Festival over what's forecasted to be a beautiful February weekend with highs in the upper 60’s and late afternoon lows in the bottom 50’s.

This spectacular three-day event will commence today with a Mardi Gras Masquerade Party from 9:00pm – 12:00am inside the 6th Street Recreation Center.  DJ music will be provided by Hi-Fi Entertainment with a $5 cover to benefit the H'COLA Scholarship Fund. A prize for best costume will be awarded, so throw on some beads and put on your costume and mask and get ready to “Wobble” with H’COLA.

A dynamic outdoor festival from 10:00am – 8:00pm on Saturday will follow Friday’s kick-off party at Franklin Square Recreation Park also on 6th Street.  Saturday’s event will feature a parade starting at 10:00am down Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Avenue terminating at the park. After the parade there will be an opening ceremony followed by live entertainment, vendor exhibits, decadent food, inspirational speakers, handmade arts and crafts, sensational dance and awesome music. Live entertainment will include P&W Trio of Albany, GA, Dream Reality Revue of Valdosta, GA, and some local and regional artists all with free admission.

The festival will conclude with a soul stirring outdoor community worship service starting at 12:00pm on Sunday.  Bringing home the message will be Pastor Gary Reed, of St. Paul AME Church.

The theme for this year’s festival: “It's a Family Affair”, so bring the entire family for a fun filled weekend celebrating African-American history with H’COLA in the beautiful Historic City of Apalachicola, a distinctive destination, established in 1831.

For more information on the 13th Annual African-American History Festival or to obtain a printable schedule of events visit H’COLA’s website at