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August 20, 2014, 4:26 pm

8th annual Family, Children’s Festival a success

The Eighth Annual Family and Children’s Festival gave families a respite during the recent heat wave.

More than 100 people came out to enjoy the street revelry that featured face painting, American and Caribbean cuisine, live entertainment, and children’s rides.

While the event took place outside Caribbean Fest restaurant off Broad Street and Rising Sun Avenue on Saturday, it was just the beginning of family events for the nonprofit partnership between the restaurant and the Peaches and Cream Foundation.

Taking center stage was the Peaches and Cream drill team. Group members are Shayla McCodell, Markeiera Woods, Siyonna Pridgen, Tiyanna Brown, Cyna McCoy, Siani Pridgen, Tjanae Dawkins and TaShanna Brown.

“We have all kinds of groups out here doing positive things,” said Woods, the group’s president. “We learn about service and we do modeling, music and dance with at Peaches and Cream. We’re about being positive.”

Among those who supported the initiative was the Philly Panthers from Mount Airy. The group regularly meets at the Finley Playground, 1000 E. Hortter St. in Mount Airy. The drill team and other athletic programs have their home base at the Germantown field next to the Morris E. Leeds Middle School, Mount Pleasant and Lowber streets.

“This was a really nice day,” said Benet Morando, whose boyfriend is a member of the Panthers. “This is about (dispelling) the negativity. I believe that whenever there is anything positive or good in the community we should support it. It’s good that so many came out to support it.”