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Columbus Children\'s Parade is this Saturday

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    Children of all ages will have the chance to shine as they march in the Columbus Children’s Parade in conjunction with the Hot Times Festival Saturday, Sept. 12. Central Community House, a Settlement House community center serving families in the near east side, runs the annual event. Children are invited to come as schools or youth groups, or simply join with friends to enjoy making noisemakers and signs beginning at 10:30 a.m. at 1251 Bryden Rd. Then at 11:30 a.m. groups will line up to follow a fire engine along with mascots, dancers and drummers as all walk together east of Bryden Road and south on Parsons Avenue ending at the Hot Times Festival on the grounds of Columbus Public Health building at 240 Parsons Ave.

    One feature of the parade will be a banner created by Central Community House’s teen artist program, Transit Arts in partnership with world-renowned muralist and printmaker Alejandro “Mono” Gonzalez. Gonzalez co-founded the famed Chilean muralist collective Brigada Ramona Parra which worked in conjunction with the presidential campaign of Chilean president Salvador Allende. He will lead youth in creating the banner on Friday, Sept. 11 as part of scheduled activities as a visiting artist to The Ohio State University.

    The goals of the Columbus Children’s Parade are to promote positivity in the streets and to encourage children to share their wishes for a peaceful world. Residents of Olde Towne East, Franklin Park and other near east neighborhoods are encouraged to cheer for the children along the route. Puffin Foundation West sponsors the parade which includes a light lunch served to the kids.

    The Hot Times Festival runs September 11-13 featuring an impressive line-up of live music, as well as poetry, dance and other entertainment. Transit Arts will perform its eclectic mix of spoken word, beat boxing and dance on the Main Street Stage on Saturday at 1:00 p.m. Visit hottimesfestival.com for more details.

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