This is the first Celebrate Erie under Mayor Joe Schember’s leadership and one thing his team has been vocal about is keeping Celebrate Erie local.
One of Erie’s favorite food vendors, Connie’s Pizza and Ice Cream has been a part of Celebrate Erie since the very beginning, serving up their homemade ice cream. They’re stationed in Perry Square and serving up 10 different flavors, Italian ice, banana splits, and milkshakes.
Owner of Connie’s Pizza and Ice Cream, David Stromenger, says, “…It’s nice to see all the local restaurants here and all of the local vendors because we are Erie!”
But, the food isn’t the only great thing about this festival. There’s also the Chalk Walk, loads of entertainment, and something new this year; the Multi-cultural Marketplace:
The marketplace is in front of City Hall from South Park Row to 7th Street. This block hosts ethnic food vendors, performers from around the world, and henna tattoo artists.
In an effort to showcase the diversity of the area, this year’s Celebrate Erie planners came up with this area celebrating Erieites of multiple cultures. Here, you’ll find food vendors like a shwarma food truck, hibachi chefs throwing knives, beautiful fashions from around the world, and as we mentioned, henna.
Henna tattoos are a part of the Indian tradition and very popular for Indian festivals. Henna is a natural ink that comes from a dried leaf and lasts on the skin for around a week and leaves no side-effects. They have plenty of designs you can choose from or you can come up with your own!
One of the artists, Latha, tells us, “This is not a permanent tattoo, it’s a natural tattoo. And the color it will be a maroon-like color once it dries. It’ll be a maroon color and it looks so beautiful on the hand and it is visible. So it will go for one week and after that, if you want another design you can change to another design!”
Now, it’s time to discover the most colorful and creative part of the weekend; the Chalk Walk:
Connie Bootz is creating a gorgeous, colorful painting of a Lake Erie sunset; a tribute to Erie featuring Dobbins Landing. So far, it’s taken her about 20 hours to complete. She started last night and has been working all day.
You can also see there are some puzzle pieces and the text reads, ‘Help us complete this puzzle – because your opinion counts’. Why? Connie is sponsored by Moore Research. Now, this research company is doing an ‘after-event survey’ about Celebrate Erie.
They want to hear from you about your thoughts on this year’s Celebrate Erie.
Connie tells us, “I appreciate Celebrate Erie for continuing the Chalk Walk. It’s so much fun; everyone comes down and loves Chalk Walk, it’s my favorite too. Support, come down, visit, take the survey, say hello, enjoy!”
If you’re interested in giving your input about this year’s event, fill out the survey and, if you do that, you are entered into a contest to win $200! Three lucky people will win the prize!