On Sunday La Casa de Don Pedro sponsored Newark’s 8th Annual Festival de la Familia on the Lower Broadway commercial corridor. Co-hosted by the City of Newark, the carnival themed event was jam packed with games and rides, live music, art, food, fitness activities, cultural exhibitions and more.
The stage showcased an exciting line up of performers including event deejay DJ Lady C, who also hosted an entertaining children’s dance contest. Popular magician, “The Great Scott,” amazed the crowd with his tricks and magic show. Before taking the stage, Plena Dulce paraded down Broadway with their traditional bomba y plena music and African drumming and dancing by the Yahaye Kamate Drummers closed the event.
Present were Newark Mayor Ras J. Baraka, Newark Deputy Mayor of Community Engagement, Jacqueline Quiles, and Central Ward Councilwoman, Gayle Chaneyfield-Jenkins.
Guests sampled gazpacho and bruschetta by Nelson Mejia, Head Chef of La Casa’s La Olla Kitchen. Food items were generously donated by Whole Foods Market in Morristown, NJ.
Families enjoyed many activities such as face painting, arts & crafts, wacky hair spraying, pie-eating contests, three-legged races, a dunk tank, an obstacle course and more organized by La Casa. Community partner, Meadowlink/EZRide, hosted a bike rodeo and The New Jersey Trauma Unit at University Hospital held a bike helmet giveaway.
Other community partners included: Big Brothers & Big Sisters of Essex, Union, and Hudson Counties, Bloomfield College, City of Newark Department of Health & Community Wellness, Family Service Bureau of Newark, Foundation of Light, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecom Inc., Ironbound Community Corporation, Just One Soccer, La Asociación De Barranquitenos de NJ, Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association, Mi Casa Tu Casa, New Jersey Citizen Action, Newark Fire Department, Newark Museum, NJPAC, North Jersey Federal Credit Union, Peruvian Civic Association of Newark, Popular Community Bank, Program for Parents, Rising Tide Capital, Rutgers Center for Women & Work: Working Families Program, SPAN, St. Lucy’s Church, St. Michael’s Medical Center, TD Bank, The Waterfront, UnitedHealthcare, Valley National Bank.
La Casa staff, Lower Broadway Merchants and the Lower Broadway Neighborhood Association all supported by serving as event volunteers.
Jersey Dairy, Pitcher’s Bakery, and Driscoll Food donated breakfast for volunteers and Las Delicias Restaurant (located at 42 Broadway) donated lunch.
Festival de la Familia was made possible by generous sponsors: Gold: PSE&G and Bronze: TD Bank. Other event supporters included: CarePoint Health, Citi Community Development, Horizon NJ Health, IDT Telecom Inc., Popular Community Bank, Bloomfield College, UnitedHealthCare, North Jersey Federal Credit Union and Valley National Bank