The Root celebrates its 10th anniversary

Nonprofit invites all to parade and party to celebrate a decade of centering and celebrating the BIPOC community

BRATTLEBORO — The Root Social Justice Center team invites the community to celebrate 10 years of the organization's work to center Blackness at what organizers describe as "a grand celebration where we elevate BIPOC leadership and joy, connect over delicious food, dance to music that moves body and soul."

The parade and a party are multicultural and intended for the whole community.

The celebration begins at 11 a.m. at the center, at 28 Williams St., where people are invited to make signs for a parade to follow.

"It will be indigenous People's Day weekend, and we hope to highlight in our messaging/signs themes of racial justice and lifting the Indigenous people and Black folks," the event organizers write.

Participants are encouraged to bring or donate paint sticks and cardboard for the signs to be assembled, completed signs, "puppets and parade stuff," and chant sheets.

At noon, the parade will start from the center. The route will take participants along Elliot Street and Main Street to the Town Common.

At 1 p.m., carpools will bring people to the SuSu CommUNITY Farm in Newfane, where the festivities - including a potluck meal, food vendors, the I Am Vermont Too photo booth, music and other entertainment, tabling for organizations, a youth area, a raffle, and more - will continue from 2 to 6 p.m.

Admission is free.

Organizers suggest that participants bring cash for BIPOC vendors or donations, food to share with a label noting ingredients, a water bottle, and a chair if you'd like to sit.

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This News item was submitted to The Commons.

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