Ethnic Expo will showcase African American culture


This year’s Ethnic Expo will celebrate the African American community.

The two-day festival is in its 39th year and will be held October 7-8 in downtown Columbus. This year’s event will return to First and Washington streets around City Hall. Due to the pandemic, last year’s event was split into four separate smaller celebrations held on Fourth Street.

The 2020 festival was originally scheduled to have the African American community as its host partner group, but it was canceled completely that year due to COVID-19.

Ethnic Expo offers authentic cuisine and a variety of entertainment on three stages. There will also be musical and cultural programming in the Host Partner area representing the traditions of African American culture. The festival aims to foster understanding and appreciation for the diverse population of Columbus.

It was started in 1984, organized by a committee headed by Barbara Stewart, wife of then-mayor Bob Stewart.

Organizers say there will be no Ethnic Expo parade this year.

The title sponsor of the event will be First Financial Bank, with other sponsors including Coca-Cola and ERMCO Electric. The Expo also receives support from the Indiana Arts Commission, the Columbus Area Arts Council and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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