Hubby, My Munchkin (JJ) and I went out on Tuesday (6/3/12) for our first annual family visit to the International African Arts Festival in Brooklyn, NY at Commodore Barry Park over by the Navy Yard.
I’ve been living in Brooklyn for about 6 years, but I’m not a Brooklyn native, so I had no idea that this festival was going on. My husband on the other hand, says he used to go to the festival all the time as a child. Hmmmm… he knows I love the arts and festivals and carnivals and all things fun! but yet he ain’t tell me?
We had a great time at the festival! This was my munchkins first time in such a place and his eyes were wide open. He looked at everyone and everything and shared lots of smiles with the vendors. He tasted sugar cane for the first time, sipped on a ginger veggie smoothie and when that wasn’t enough, he drank his milk. LOL
Look at all these gorgeous earrings?!
From the IAAF website
The International African Arts Festival began in 1971 as the African Street Carnival, a PTA’s block party fundraiser for an independent school in Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn with local entertainers, about 20 arts and crafts vendors, along with food prepared by the parents. Almost 2,000 people came to the event and it was a success. The International African Arts Festival (IAAF) has been part of the Brooklyn’s cultural landscape for 40 years. Each year a committed team of Board members, consultants, part-time seasonal staff and volunteers, work together to transform a city park into an outdoor African cultural oasis that celebrates traditional and contemporary expression of various African cultural art forms.
It’s sooo hot in NY (and everywhere else too), there was no way I would dare wear my hair out. I would melt into a chocolate mass right on the pavement. My hair is in mini twists, these are the same mini twists I wore when I went to the Bella-Kinks website launch party in Dallas, and the same twists I wore to the Naturally & Wonderfully Made Event in Queens, NY.
To style my twists, I washed and conditioned my hair with the Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab shampoo and conditioner. I then moisturized and pampered my hair following my normal regimen, using the Shea Moisture Yucca & Baobab Thick and Grow Milk, Coconut JBCO, and the Shea Moisture Curl Enhancing Smoothie. I then grabbed small sections and twisted.
I can’t wait to attend this festival next year!
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