Parade, health fair begin celebration in Black community
FROM STAFF REPORTS
Winners of the “Light Up Midtown” event held last weekend will be recognized at Daytona Beach’s Dec. 17 city commission meeting. Businesses and residents that were simply asked to “Light Up Midtown” with festive decorations are encouraged to light up the community throughout the holiday season.
A health fair and parade were held Saturday as a part of the celebration with children taking advantage of a large bounce house and slide.
Daytona Beach Commissioner Patrick Henry of Daytona Beach’s Zone 5 district shared a fire truck with Zone 1 Commissioner Carl W. Lentz IV as the parade made its way down Mary McLeod Bethune Boulevard.
“I thought the parade had a nice turnout,” Henry remarked. “We threw a lot of candy at the kids and it was well-attended. I see that it is growing from last year.”
Bigger next year
The commissioner added that he hopes to have even more participation in the future.
“I do think we should start planning earlier and get some high school bands involved that were participating in other parades around the county,” he said.
Vendors at the health fair held in Daisy Stocking Park included an ophthalmologist, HIV/AIDS awareness booth and a table from the Volusia County Health Department that showed what fat looks like inside the body, which evoked many turned-up noses.
The event is in its second year with plans of continued growth in the future.
“We are excited about the events that are being planned,” said Charles J. Bryant, Daytona Beach’s Redevelopment project manager.