EAST CHICAGO | I Too Sing America Organization of NWI Inc. will celebrate Black Music Month by hosting the fifth Unique Musical Parade and Picnic in the Indiana Harbor section of East Chicago.
The parade will kick off at noon Saturday at North Michigan Avenue and Guthrie Street to Main Street, south to Columbus Drive, east to Parrish Avenue, and south to Washington Park.
Parade participants will include the South Shore Drill Team of Chicago, the Michigan City Soul Steppers, McKinley Drum-line of Gary, African stilt walkers, Chicago tumblers and more.
As a way of ITSA giving back to the people, a family oriented picnic will be held in the park with games for children, senior bingo, music, entertainment and hot dogs, hamburgers and more available to the public.
In addition to the parade and picnic, the Annual Black Music Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the park. This year, the category chosen for inductees is Unsung and Current Dee-jays from Northwest Indiana. Inductees from the 1960's to 1980's are Lloyd "Pete" Ware and the late Odies Evans, of East Chicago; 1990's until the present are DJ K-Cesar, of Gary, and Donald "Jammin DJ" Hall, of East Chicago.
Three local high school students will be awarded $500 scholarships.
This event is sponsored by the Foundations of East Chicago and Ameristar Hotels and Casinos. For additional information, contact Stacy Winfield at (219) 397-3734 or Pat Dixon-Darden at (219) 397-5250.