Celebrate Princeton 2019

Crowds, like this one shown from the 2019 Celebrate Princeton Street Fair, won't be converging on Mercer Street this year; but organizers have found a way for people to enjoy the best of what Celebrate Princeton is all about with two online events to promote the City of Princeton. The first will feature performing acts, the second will focus on online vendors.

PRINCETON — Although the annual Celebrate Princeton event will not be the same this year due to the coronavirus, the gist of what it is will be featured on a live internet broadcast this evening.

Lori McKinney, the event’s organizer, said on Monday, “Due to concerns about public health as a result of the coronavirus, we decided to do something to honor the traditions of the event, which we are doing for all of our events.”

Today’s event will be broadcast on www.celebrateprinceton.com and live-streamed on Facebook, from 5 to 9 p.m.

“RiffRaff Arts Collective will be producing the broadcast. It will feature stories on community heroes such as first responders and medical personnel, local volunteers and businesses which make a difference, local parks, feel-good stories with local personalities, performances by local musicians and other surprises,” she said.

Performers at the event will include Je’Dah Palmer, Option 22 and Grace Campbell & Derian Mills. Featured artists will include Mike Sizemore, John Coffee and Wanda Murphy.

Two weeks from today, another internet broadcast centered around vendors will be held from 5 to 9 p.m. People will be able to shop online as well as view vendors while shopping.

McKinney said, “It’s been heartwarming to create this. We know people are saddened that they can’t gather in person but we encourage them to watch this event. We look forward to seeing everyone in June 2021.”

For more information, call McKinney at 304-320-8833.

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com

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