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April 22, 2014

Troost Festival is Saturday

Free, family-friendly event is centered at 31st and Troost. Its aim is to bring diverse people together.

The 10th annual Troost Festival, from noon to 8 p.m. Saturday, is a party by, for and about the people.

The locus of activity will be at 31st Street and Troost Avenue.

The significance of the free family-friendly event goes beyond the barbecue that will be served, the kids’ faces that will be painted and the music and performances that will take place.

The street festival aims to break down barriers, show people from elsewhere that it’s safe to come in, and remind those in the community that they have the power to attract positivity.

This year’s theme is “Being the Change.”

“Empowerment is sometimes an overused word in today’s society, but that’s what Troost Festival is all about,” said Rae Petersen, a midtown resident who founded Troost Folks, the festival’s organizing committee. “Helping people heal through a sense of community and collaboration.”

Petersen said the festival’s first outing in 2005 attracted about 750 people. This year 2,000 people — including families and kids from the urban core and Kansas City suburbs — are expected.

Filmmaker and director Kevin Bryce’s award-winning documentary, “We Are Superman,” a gritty look at the development of Troost as a racial dividing line and the arduous process being undertaken to blur it, will be screened at 4 p.m.

For more information, visit www.troostvillage.org.

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