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Kwanzaa Begins Saturday with Motorcade, Online Events

Celebrating Kwanzaa With Kids

The seven-day African American festival of Kwanzaa begins Saturday with many celebrations in Los Angeles County canceled, altered or moved online because of restrictions related to the coronavirus pandemic.

The event known for the past 43 years as the KwanZaa Gwaride Parade in South Los Angeles is billed as a motorcade, with participants asked to wear a mask and social distance. Sign-in and formation will be held from 8-10:45 a.m. Saturday with the motorcade beginning at 11 a.m. from the intersection of Adams and Crenshaw boulevards.

The Aquarium of the Pacific will stream a free virtual Kwanzaa event Saturday featuring Baba the Storyteller, one of the few recognized U.S.-born practitioners of the ancient West African storytelling craft known as Jaliyaa, presenting the principles and practices of Kwanzaa. An Aquarium Pacific Pals puppet will be the master of ceremonies.

The family event will be streamed from 10-10:20 a.m. and viewable on demand immediately afterward at www.aquariumofpacific.org/events/info/virtual_kwanzaa_event/.

An online Kwanzaa Kuumba Makers Festival organized by the California African American Museum will be streamed from 2-3:15 p.m. Saturday. The recorded family workshop celebrating Kwanzaa’s Sixth Principle, Kuumba (Creativity), consists of instruction from artists in making a memory book and a decoupage workshop.

Required reservations can be made at caamuseum.org/programs/kids-teens-and-families/kwanzaa-kuumba-makers-festival.

The Robey Theatre Company’s virtual Kwanzaa celebration featuring musical and comedy performances can be seen on its YouTube page, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ah_J1uteZ0.

The Robey Theatre Company is an award-winning, African American theatre arts organization based at the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown Los Angeles. It was founded in 1994 by actors Danny Glover and Ben Guillory and named after renowned singer, actor and activist Paul “Robey” Robeson.

A virtual celebration including music and stories will be streamed from 11 a.m.-noon Wednesday on the Facebook page of the Pasadena Public Library’s La Pintoresca Branch, www.facebook.com/pasadenalapintoresca. A child’s craft will be available for curbside pickup beginning Monday at the library at 1355 N. Raymond Ave.

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