It’s been a while since I attended one of these. Actually, I haven’t been since the event moved from Lafayette Park about six years ago. It is almost impossible to describe just how far this event has come since then.
I’m pretty bad with estimating crowd sizes but there were a lot of people there. Organizers had anticipated 10,000 – I don’t know if they made that number due to the earlier rain, but the park was full. The DC Cowboys, referenced in this article, had just finished performing when I arrived and music was blasting from the speakers on the stage.
Tents and tables were set up around the park, selling all kinds of items. While a large group sat – or lounged – on the grass in front of the stage, a lot of folks were milling about. The crowd was a mix of people: all ages, all races, straight, gay, transgender, and everything in between.
In other words, it was just like any other festival I’ve attended at Town Point Park.
Notable by their absence were our elected representatives. I am told that one – Sen. Yvonne Miller – was there. But no others.
That hasn’t changed since I last attended. Hard to believe candidates would give up the opportunity to speak with voters.
The organizers of the event are to be commended for putting on a fine Sunday afternoon in Downtown Norfolk.
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