|'Heart of South DeKalb Festival' showcases its best|
|Monday, 30 September 2013 19:41 | Written by Joshua Smith|
Hundreds of residents turned out to enjoy the Heart of South DeKalb Festival in Decatur, many rising early for the festival's Saturday morning parade, which traveled down Candler Road to the Gallery at South DeKalb mall where the festival was held.
DeKalb County Commissioner Larry Johnson, who represents District 3, and DeKalb Clerk of Court Debra DeBerry hosted the Sept. 28 event in the mall's parking lot to showcase the community's businesses, resources, people and schools. The festival was the first of its kind for South DeKalb, something Johnson said he hopes to make an annual event.
“We want to bring out the positive in this community, meet new friends and show off all that South DeKalb has to offer," Johnson said.
Johnson urged the crowd to support artists and vendors who came out for the daylong event. He also pushed a voter registration drive, which was conducted onsite by the DeKalb NAACP. The NAACP, representatives of the Democratic and Republican parties were on hand to encourage participation not only in the Nov. 5 municipal elections, but next year's primary and general elections.
The Heart of South DeKalb Festival kicked off with an early morning parade featuring the marching bands of McNair and Columbia high schools. The honorary drum majors were Pastor Ulysses Tuff, the uncle of McNair Discovery Learning Academy bookkeeper Antoinette Tuff who was hailed a hero after preventing a mass school shooting in August; Pastor Samie Conyers of Calvary New Life Tabernacle; and DeKalb County Clerk of Court DeBerry.
Even “Meet the Browns” sitcom star Tony Vaughn, who plays “The Kernel,” on the show, took part in the festivities.
“This is a great event," said Vaughn, a resident of Decatur. “As a resident of South DeKalb, this is the kind of event that makes you proud.”
The festival featured a car and bike show as well as the Lou Walker Senior Center's line dancers. Other participants included DeKalb government agencies, MARTA, Bruster's Ice Cream and Pappa Johns Pizza.
|Last Updated on Monday, 30 September 2013 20:06|