Every February, in conjunction with Black History Month, residents and guests of Wakulla County gather to celebrate African-American culture. This year’s event is shaping up to be the best yet! The 2017 African American Heritage Celebration will take place on February 17 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM in the town of Crawfordville.
African-American Heritage Parade
The African-American Heritage Celebration in Wakulla County kicks off in Crawfordville with a fantastic parade that celebrates various aspects of African-American culture. Make sure to grab a good viewing spot, because you won’t want to miss any of the expressions of community pride by residents from all over Wakulla County. Additionally, members of area high school marching bands will have the audience up and moving their feet as they play along the parade route. It’s the perfect way to begin this incredible celebration!
Live Entertainment, Delicious Food, and More
The parade is just the beginning! Once it’s over there’s so much more to experience at the African-American Heritage Celebration. You’ll definitely want to check out all of the arts and crafts that will commemorate African-American culture, and you’ll also have the opportunity to see live performing artists throughout the event. Of course it wouldn’t be a celebration without food, so make sure you arrive hungry and take advantage of all the delicious options.
A Primer on Black History Month
Black History Month is celebrated in the U.S. every February, and it is intended to honor and remember important African-American contributions to American life and culture, as well as to teach others about pivotal historical events in African-American history. Originally conceived as a single week to coincide with the birthdays of President Abraham Lincoln and abolitionist Frederick Douglass, the observance was later expanded to cover all of February by the Black United Students at Kent State University in 1970.
Just a few years later in 1976, President Gerald Ford officially recognized the establishment of Black History Month in conjunction with the U.S. Bicentennial celebration. The annual reflection on the contributions of black leaders to our country has become an important event for many Americans, and Black History month is now also celebrated in February in Canada, and in November in the U.K.
Celebrating History in Wakulla County
If you’re coming into town for the African-American Heritage Celebration, why not stay a bit longer and enjoy more of the great attractions that make Wakulla County such a special place. With numerous accommodations available throughout the area, you can stay right in the heart of it all and discover why Wakulla County is the natural place to be.