Los Angeles (CBSLA) – The annual Taste of Soul Family Festival on Crenshaw Boulevard has been canceled due to rising COVID-19 cases and will be replaced by a drive-through “Community Day of Service and Soul”.
The event will take place on October 16, 9 am-1pm on Crenshaw Boulevard between 39th and Coliseum Streets.
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“After careful consideration, we have decided to cancel our Taste of Soul Family Festival 2021 for the good and health of our community,” said event founder Danny J. Bakewell Sr. in a statement. “We long to be together again and celebrate our culture in person – bigger and better at our Taste of Soul 2022 on historic Crenshaw Boulevard.”
The “Community Day of Service and Soul” aims to provide those in need with food, clothing, personal hygiene items, PPE supplies, mental and physical health services, COVID tests and vaccines, as well as gift bags and gift cards from local restaurants.
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The annual Taste of Soul event was launched in 2005 by Bakewell, CEO of Bakewell Media and Executive Publisher of LA Sentinel / LA Watts Times Newspapers.
The event typically attracts more than 300,000 people.
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