The Hudson Black Arts & Cultural Festival and Parade brings forth three days of family fun on Friday, August 11th, Saturday, August 12th and Sunday August 13th.
Saturday’s events kick off with a Liberation Parade beginning at 2pm from the 7th Street Park and traveling down Warren Street to the Henry Hudson Riverfront Park.
On Saturday, the festival opens at the Hudson Riverfront Park with a welcome from Mayor Tiffany Hamilton and Operation Unite’s President, Gregory Mosley at 3:15pm. The day will include performances from the Bindlestiff Family Cirkus, Kuumba Dance & Drum Academy, Rhythm for Life, Hip Hop Juggler, Sweet Life Music Project, High Peak Drummers, Poetry by Ife Cobbins, Hula Hoop Palooza with Vanessa Baehr and Hip-Hop Dance Kids. A highlight of the entertainment will be the Liberate the Earth Community Dance performance lead by Artichoke Dance Company and presented by Elena Mosley of the NYS DanceForce.
From 4-5pm youth activities will include: face painting by Christina Bolt, an old fashion Three-Legged Race, Tug-of-War, Mission Impossible, Ping Pong Toss and more. All youth games are provided by Operation Unite, Youth in Action members. Talent Show sign-up is available at the information table from 4-6pm. The Annual Back to School Give-Away takes place at 7pm. Parents can register their children between 4:30-7pm under the main tent.
As part of Operation Unite’s 25th Anniversary Celebration, Media Awards will be presented to the Columbia Paper, the Register Star, The Cat, and WGXC. In addition, Reverend Ed Cross III is being recognized for his years of service to Columbia County. Reverend Cross is a man of great virtue and integrity and has lived and loved the City of Hudson for the past 68 years. He is currently a Columbia County Supervisor, a board member at Operation Unite, the Pastor of Endless Love Temple, a husband of 6, grandfather of 27 and great grandfather of 6.
On Sunday, August 13th our Annual Gospel Festival is from 4-7:30pm. Come relax under the main tent and enjoy an uplifting performance by Gospel soloist Rizzo and the Albany District Choir. The evening will conclude with a Sunset Service and message by Cleveth Samuels, Associate Minister of the All Nations Church.