According to State Rep. Antonio Parkinson (District 98), the Block Party and Picnic For Peace had four anchoring purposes, including helping people improve their quality of life through education, employment and health.
"The other three purposes were to showcase the businesses in the community, create an economic impact in the community where the event is, and create an event that would increase the pride in the community," said Parkinson.
Now in its seventh year, the Block Party and Picnic For Peace has grown tremendously in length and attendance. What started off as a three-hour event with an attendance of 300 has grown into a three-day event with an attendance of about 13,000.
The 2013 Block Party and Picnic for Peace is a free event that will be held at the Ed Rice Community Center at 2907 N. Watkins from Friday through Sunday (Oct 18-20). Sponsors include Kroger, Methodist North Hospital, Black Market Strategies, State Rep., Antonio Parkinson.
"People are starving for something good, something positive in their community," said Parkinson. "We are able to fill that void by having this event."
For many, the health-related offerings are much sought-after helping hands.
"It's doing everything we wanted it to do, even with people that are uninsured," said Parkinson.
"With Healthy City Health and Wellness Affair, which is our health fair that happens inside of the Block Party – the largest health fair in the city, with over 40 vendors there, presented by Methodist North Hospital – a lot of people come that get free access to tons of health related offerings such as blood pressure and glucose screenings, free physicals for the kids, all kinds of things that are health related. And it doesn't cost them anything."
Here's the schedule for the 2013 Block Party and Picnic for Peace:
Friday, Oct. 18 – Media Launch, 6 a.m.-10 a.m.; field trip for day Cares and elementaries, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; senior activities, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Nancy Apple, noon-1 p.m.; senior prom-dance social for senior citizens, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.; My School Rocks! Talent Competition, Wreck Kidz, D3, 4 p.m.-7 p.m.
Sat., Oct. 19 – 5K For Peace Run/Walk to Fight Childhood Obesity (#BP5K), 8 a.m.-10 a.m.; Wake Up! Shape Up! Saturday Bootcamps (#WakeUpShakeUp), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Healthy City Health and Wellness Affair presented by Methodist North Hospital (#LoveYourself), 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; Children's Programming – Outside Stage, 10 a.m.-noon; Hip Hop for Peace-Hip Hop and Rap/DJ, 2 p.m.-4 p.m.;
Inside Stage – 11 a.m. - Parent/Teen Interactive: Real and Uncut by Breath of Life Christian Center; 12:15 p.m.- 5 Listens-Town Hall Meeting; 1:30 p.m. - Pursuit of God Praise Team; 2 p.m.- Iyse Gibson; 2:30 p.m. - Line dance; 2:45 p.m. - Success in the City: 7 women, 7 stories - Real and Uncut!; 4 p.m. - Will Graves and Soul; 5 p.m. - Lil Rounds; 6 p.m. - The Dealer's Band;
Sunday, Oct. 20 – Pursuit of God Transformation Center Service, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.; flat screen giveaway, 4 p.m.; car giveaway courtesy of Rangeline CDC, 5 p.m.