Kwanzaa is a seven-day holiday that celebrates Family, Community and Culture. The word “Kwanzaa” comes from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza,” meaning “first fruits.” Kwanzaa begins on December 26 and ends on January 1. Each of the seven days signifies one of seven principles of African heritage. Experience this cross-cultural tradition with music, dance and refreshments at various venues. If you know of any we have missed, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Here’s the schedule:
Sunday, December 26
6 p.m. — Kwanzaa parade from Blair Caldwell African American Research Library (2401 Welton Ave.) to Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre (119 Park Avenue West).
6:30 p.m. — First Night Celebration at Cleo Parker Robinson Theatre. Induction of four (4) new Circle of wisdom Candidates. Hosted by Brother Jeff Fard and the Kwanzaa Committee of Denver.
Friday, December 31
5 p.m. — The Big Dance. This year A Masquerade Ball. Wear a mask. Face mask and beads will be available at the entrance for a donation of $5. Platinum Divas to perform. Line Dancing. Prize for best outfit. Dinner will be served. Gumbo and rice.