Festival celebrates 'all that's good about South DeKalb'
Jennifer Ffrench-Parker | 9/28/2013, 11:33 a.m.
DECATUR THe Heart of South DeKalb Festival kicked off at 8:30 this morning with a parade of homeowners associations, civic groups, schools, businesses and high school marching bands.
The inaugural outdoor festival is presented by DeKalb District 3 Commissioner Larry Johnson and a host of sponsors in the Gallery of South DeKalb parking lot near Macy’s.
Johnson said the free festival highlights all that is good about South DeKalb.
“As you walk around today and see someone you don’t know say ‘Hi, neighbor,’ ” he told the crowd.
The festival’s mission is to promote and celebrate the essence of South DeKalb through a collaborative showcase of businesses, faith-based entities, local government and resources that strengthen the core family unit.
Proceeds from the nonprofit initiative benefits the DeKalb Police Alliance, DeKalb Fire Explorer’s Program, “Keep DeKalb Beautiful” and Johnson’s neighborhood initiatives.
DeKalb NAACP president John Evans said the festival gives a boost to the community.
“We need something like this to keep us from always thinking that everything in our community is wrong,” he said. “We need this positiveness.”
There are vendors, celebrity guests, a kids zone, cars and motorcycles on display. The festival ends at 6 p.m.
The mall is at I-20 and Candler Road.