Free and open to the public, it’s the 10th Annual Soul Food Festival this Saturday in Green Cove Springs.
Parade of Pride
Soul Food Festival 2011 kicks off with the Parade of Pride at 11:00 a.m.
The parade forms at the Clay County Administration (US 17 and Houston) and runs south on Palmetto, then west at Martin Luther King, Jr. Blvd to Vera Francis Hall on the south bank of Governor’s Creek.
As you’d expect, there will be marching bands from local schools like the Green Cove Springs Junior High Cougars. All kinds of people participate – local motorcycle clubs, horseback-riding clubs, as well as art cars and floats sponsored by more and more different local groups than you even knew existed.
Don’t Kid Yourself. It’s All About The Food
Think of the parade as exercise and follow it to the food.
Deep-fried, deep-smoked ribs and brisket and pork chops and chicken chased with potato salad, real homemade mac-and-cheese, greens cooked the olde way and sweet potato pie.
You’ll be tasting cooking by the Clay County Supervisor of Elections, the Clay County Chamber of Commerce, and many others.
Pile your take-out container high. The money goes to good causes.
And There’s Entertainment
This year’s live entertainment is The 69 Boyz in the amphitheater at the north end of Vera Francis Hall Park with special appearances by Lil Kev, DJ Prince of J-Ville and Laurence “Blinky” Walden.
Besides the hip-hop, those waiting to eat and those eaters who are resting between plates can look forward to:
- The Soul Food Festival Softball Tournament
- Sweet Potato Pie Contest
- Barbecue Cook-Off
- Horseshoe Contest
- Children’s Area & More
10th Annual Soul Food Festival & Parade
- Saturday, October 1, 11:00 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Vera Francis Hall Park
- Green Cove Springs, Florida 32043
- Contact:Felecia Hampshire
- E-mail: [email protected]
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