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Councilman Richard Starr leads Cleveland Ward 5's 2nd annual parade and festival.....By, Ohio's Black digital news leader

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Cleveland, Ohio (August 25, 2023) - With many young people having started or soon starting the new school year, Councilman Richard Starr (pictured)(Ward 5)  hosted the second annual Ward 5 Festival Resource Fair & Parade last weekend.

Dignitaries there included Council President Blaine Griffin, some other council persons, and Cleveland Municipal Housing Court Magistrate Jeff Johnson, a former councilman himself.

The parade kicked off on Sat. Aug 19 at 3:00 pm in the rear parking lot of Jane Addams High School on the city's east side  and will end at the Friendly Inn Settlement, the site of the Resource Fair.

The Resource Fair ran from 3:00 pm to 9:00 pm and  included book-bag distributions, free haircuts and braiding for youth, free food, live entertainment, carnival rides and activities, and a DJ competition. The winner of the DJ competition won a year contract to be the official DJ for all Ward 5 events hosted by Councilman Starr.

The organizer of the Ward 5 Festival Resource Fair & Parade, Starr is an avid supporter of community and education.

"August is the time when young people get reacquainted with all their friend," said Starr. "It's a time for friendship, education, and growth. I remember the excitement I had when it was time to go back to East Tech every year. I wanted to show our youth that the community is excited for their return to learning and is here to support them."

The Resource Fair and parade were also sponsored by community partners, including Burten, Bell, Carr, Development Inc., Campus District, Care Alliance Health Center, Friendly Inn Settlement, Midtown Cleveland Inc., Next Generation Construction, Slavic Village Development, the Vernon Family Foundation, and the Word Church.


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