IgboFest & Inaugural Bike Ride Celebrate Culture in the Brooklyns
IgboFest, a celebration of Nigerian culture in Brooklyn Park, is returning for its 28th year this weekend.
The festival starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 12, at North Hennepin Community College.
IgboFest Chair Peter Egbudom says it will be filled with color, performances and traditional foods.
“All those things showcase our culture and how you can see us and embrace and appreciate our culture,” Egbudom said.
Chinyere Nkwocha will also have a booth at IgboFest, where she will share a variety of home-cooked dishes.
This year, Egbudom said a big part of the festival this year is showcasing and celebrating other cultures as well.
“It is very important that if you are living with me, you know who I am,” Egbudom said. “So you don’t misunderstand me when you look at the way I dress, the way I speak, or the kind of food I eat.”
IgboFest is free for all to attend.
Bike the Brooklyns at Pedal Jam
Also new this year is the inaugural “Pedal Jam/Bike the Brooklyns” bike ride event on Saturday, Aug. 12.
Registration starts at noon at the Brooklyn Center Community Health Fair. The ride itself starts at 2 p.m..
Cyclists of all ages will travel 5.5 miles throughout Brooklyn Park and Brooklyn Center. Organizers say there will be activities, giveaways and music along the way.
The event ends at Brooklyn Park Plaza Park by North Hennepin Community College, across the street from IgboFest.
The bike ride costs $10 for adults and $5 for people 18 and under. People can register online or on day of the ride.
Organizers ask attendees to bring their helmets for the bike ride.