Celebrate Takoma Festival and Azalea Awards this Saturday

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Photo courtesy of Takoma Park Recreation Department.

SILVER SPRING, Md.– On Saturday, May 19, the City of Takoma Park will be holding its annual Celebrate Takoma Festival from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. on Maple Avenue.

The festival is a family-friendly event celebrating the diversity of Takoma Park through live music, performances, visual art, games, crafts and food originating from all around the world.

Families participate in crafts at last years Celebrate Takoma Festival. Photo courtesy of Takoma Park Recreation Department.

“The Celebrate Takoma Festival is a great opportunity in the spring, as the azaleas bloom, for the whole Takoma…community to come together,” said Benjamin Frey, President of the Board of the Takoma Foundation, “It’s really like a big block party that gets spring started off right.”

A girl dances at last years festival. Photo courtesy of Takoma Park Recreation Department.

The D.C. based brass-band Black Masala and the Caribbean steel pan ensemble Panquility will be in attendance, playing international music.

This year’s festival will also feature the Takoma Foundation’s 13th annual Azalea Awards.

Photo by Emma Frank.

“The Azalea Awards are really a way to celebrate people who make a difference in Takoma Park…individuals who are [the reason why] people like being around Takoma Park,” said Frey.

There are several categories for the awards, including Arts Leader, Business Leader, Coach, Educator, Mentor, Green Activist, Neighborhood Volunteer, School Activist and Takoma Spirit.

The festival celebrates the diversity of Takoma Park. Photo courtesy of Takoma Park Recreation Department.

“…The Takoma Foundation and the Azalea Awards is about building bridges…between communities and really supporting all of the people who live in the Takoma area…[The festival] is a time to share with people who live in your community, so I am feeling great about it,” said Frey.

For more information about the Azalea Awards, go to http://www.takomafoundation.org/azalea-awards

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