The Near Westside Community Multicultural Block Party Returns


The Near Westside Community Multicultural Block Party will be held on Thursday, August 13th, from 1:00 to 5:00 PM at Skiddy Park on Syracuse’s Near Westside (at the intersection of Otisco and Tully streets)

For a 6th straight year, the Near Westside Initiative, WCNY, and over a dozen partnering organizations are bringing the annual “Multicultural Block Party” back to Skiddy Park, located in the heart of the Near Westside community. The event is FREE-of-charge, and is open to the entire community. In past years roughly 1500 people have attended annually.

On Thursday, August 13th from 1 p.m. until 5 p.m., Skiddy Park will be transformed into a gathering spot for kids and adults to hear great music, eat delicious food, and play games. This year’s program will include live music and dance, inflatables, live animals to see and pet, facepainting, a dunk tank, balloon animals, raffles and giveaways, a variety of games for the kids and adults, and much more. There will also be plenty of great food all generously sponsored by Hofmanns, Byrne Dairy, and Nojaim Bros. Grocery Store.

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Near Westside Multicultural Block Party
Skiddy Park
Thursday, August 13

1:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Schedule of Events:

• 1:00pm – Block Party Begins
• 1:15pm – Trolley Rides in the neighborhood (running every 15 minutes thereafter)
• 2:00pm – Bomba and Plena Dancers
• 2:45pm – Awards Ceremony
• 3:00pm – Box Soccer Court Unveiling
• 4:15pm – Vietnamese Dragon Dance
• 5:00pm – Block Party Ends

This year the theme for the Block Party is “Be My Neighbor Day” from PBS’s great kids show, Daniel Tiger. As part of the day there will be tons of fun activities to showcase how to be a great neighbor, and what it means to be a part of a growing and vibrant community. As part of the theme there will be trolley rides around the neighborhood highlighting all the great things happening in our community.

To celebrate the efforts of individuals, organizations, and businesses doing great work in the community, there will be a “Risk Taker/Dream Maker” Awards Ceremony at 2:45pm at the park, presented by the Near Westside Initiative. Senator DeFrancisco will be in attendance to address the awardees. This year’s awardees include 2 resident, a neighborhood youth, the SALT Makerspace for the business award, and the St. Joseph’s Primary Care Clinic – West for the “groundbreaker” award.

At 3pm, following the awards ceremony, there will be a formal unveiling of a newly renovated box soccer court in the park. The unveiling will include brief remarks from County Executive Mahoney and Syracuse Parks Commissioner Lazarus Simms, a soccer demonstration by the Syracuse University women’s soccer team as well as the Syracuse Silver Knights, and a visit from Otto. This renovated box soccer court is a result of a grant to the Lerner Center for Public Health Promotion at Syracuse University from the New York State Health Foundation’s Healthy Neighborhoods Funds Initiative.