Parade kicks off Black Arts Festival in Wichita

08/30/2014 6:21 PM

08/30/2014 6:56 PM

People don’t realize that there are horses in Wichita, Franchot Anderson says. But there they were, galloping over McAdams Park during the Black Arts Festival that lasts all Labor Day weekend.

Anderson boards his horse at a stable, but he brought Rascal to be in the Unity Parade that preceded the festival. His horse was joined by about eight others, and children – as well as adults – wanted to ride them after the parade. But Anderson said Rascal would allow only him in the saddle “unless you know what you’re doing.”

During the parade down 17th Street from Wichita State University to the park late Saturday morning, summer returned with a hot, sunny vengeance. McAdams Park was mostly quiet in the heat of the day. Several jazzed-up Impalas, Cutlasses and Buicks along with a couple of motorcycles were parked at the front of McAdams on 13th Street just west of the Canal Route, awaiting judging in Big Dan’s Show and Shine Car and Bike Show.

Children made bookmarks at a booth sponsored by Storytime Village, getting creative with glittery cut-outs, ribbons and drawings.

Representatives of the NAACP and Uhuru Faith Ministries were among others with booths at the festival.

A stage awaited other events of the weekend, which were scheduled to include a talent showcase from 5 to 9 p.m. Sunday, a fashion show from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Monday and a youth dance from 6 to 9 p.m. Monday.

If You Go

Black Arts Festival

When: Noon to 9 p.m. Sunday and Monday

Where: McAdams Park, 1329 E. 13th St.

How much: $3 button


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