EAST CHICAGO | I Too Sing America Organization of NWI, Inc. celebrates Black Music Month on June 22. The ITSA Org. of NWI, Inc. will host fifth annual Unique Musical Parade and Picnic in commemoration of June being designated as Black Music Month. The parade will be held in East Chicago in the Indiana Harbor Section of the city.
The parade will kick-off at noon at North Michigan Avenue and Guthrie Street to Main Street south to Columbus Drive, east to Parrish Ave, south to Washington Park.
The parade will consist of the reknowned South Shore Drill Team of Chicago, the Michigan City Soul Steppers, McKinley Drum-line of Gary, African stilt walkers, the Chicago tumblers and much 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 will be available for 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. in the park. This year the category chosen for inductees will be Unsung and current "Dee-jays from Northwest Indiana.
From the 1960's to 1980's are Lloyd "Pete" Ware and the late Odies Evans of East Chicago, 1990's until the present DJ K-Cesar of Gary, Indiana, and Donald "Jammin DJ" Hall of East Chicago, Indiana. Also three high school students of Northwest Indiana will be awarded a $500 scholarship.
This event is sponsored by the Foundations of East Chicago and Ameristar Hotels and Casinos. For additional info, contact Stacy Winfield at (219) 397-3734 or Pat Dixon-Darden at (219) 397-5250