by Ronnie Estoque
Last Sunday afternoon, Aug. 13, local community members gathered for the Othello Park International Festival. The family-friendly event featured vendors, food, games, art, live music, dancing, and local organizations focused on community outreach.
As reported by the Emerald last year, the festival was “started in 2008 by the founding members of the Othello Park Alliance.” The Othello Park International Festival went on hiatus during 2020 and 2021 due to the pandemic but received strong community support last year when it returned.
This year’s theme was “Let’s Try It!” Featured were food trucks from local eateries The Original Philly’s and Soul Fusion Food. Several hundred people attended in the scorching heat. Organizers provided free popcorn and water, and lively performances from the Daughters of Royalty Drill & Dance Ensemble and local Somali youth galvanized the crowd under a shaded tent in the afternoon.
A full list of event sponsors and vendors can be viewed on Othello Park Alliance’s website.
Ronnie Estoque is a South Seattle-based freelance photographer and videographer. You can keep up with his work by checking out his website.
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