Hancock Co. NAACP hosts first Summerfest

Hancock Co. NAACP hosts first Summerfest
The festival was held at the old Bay St. Louis train depot on Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX)
The festival was held at the old Bay St. Louis train depot on Saturday. (Photo source: WLOX)
For many there, the day was about celebrating months of hard work. (Photo source: WLOX)
For many there, the day was about celebrating months of hard work. (Photo source: WLOX)
Festival committee tried to make the event as diverse as they could. (Photo source: WLOX)
Festival committee tried to make the event as diverse as they could. (Photo source: WLOX)

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - The Hancock County Chapter of the NAACP hosted its first ever Summerfest in Bay Saint Louis Saturday.

Organizers said it was a great way to get the community to come together regardless of race, gender or age.

For many there, the day was about celebrating months of hard work. Chapter president Greg Barabino, hoped the event would also bring an awareness to the organization.

"There's a lot of misconception out there. A lot of people have different ideas. So, we want to tell them first-hand what the mission is. And that's equality, social justice and the rid of discrimination," said Barabino.

Barabino said that mission applies to all people, and not just one race or ethnicity. He wanted this festival to reflect that.

"We represent anybody and everybody. You walk through that door with a problem, we'll do our best to help you solve it," said Barabino.

Barabino and his festival committee tried to make the event as diverse as they could. Barabino's mother Gladys Dedeaux also happens to be the main chairperson for the festival committee.

Dedeaux and the other two committee members pulled together vendors and musicians in about four months.

"We have a combination of a lot of people around the area. So we hope that this will be a way to get together as a whole," said Dedeaux.

The festival-goers seemed to be having a good time.  "It's a multi-cultural city to begin with. It should be exciting for most people," said Helene Roth.

Michelle Hawkins said it was a blessing from God.

"It's teaching us how to come together in one accord. We need each other to support one another," said Hawkins.

That's what the organizers wanted to hear. For Dedeaux, it's only a matter of time before next year's plans are underway.

"And community, get ready for next year," said Dedeaux.

The festival lasted until 7 p.m. at the old Bay Saint Louis train depot.

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