Mid-September is one of the best seasons in D.C., and many festivals take advantage of it. Festivals this week included:
H Street Festival
The H Street Festival is one of the biggest festivals in D.C. – 11 blocks long, with an estimated 150,000 spectators and great music and dance.
National Dance Day
National Dance Day was co-founded by D.C. Representative Eleanor Holmes Norton in 2010 as a celebration of dance and a way to incorporate movement into everyone’s lives. This year at the Kennedy Center, the emphasis was on hip-hop, with demonstrations, contests, and crowd participation.
And along with the dance, there was a Paint Jam on the Kennedy Center terrace.
Walk With Amal
Amal visited D.C. for a couple of days this week. The 12 ft. puppet is on a 2-year journey around the world to raise awareness and hope for refugees, especially for children separated from their families.
Amal greeted her supporters, especially the children.
Youth performance groups came out to support her:
On one of her days, a trail of shoes was laid out for Amal near the Capitol, representing one of the basic needs of refugees:
Amal went to Union Station:
Amal went to the Capitol:
Representatives Debbie Dingell and Jamaal Bowman (pictured) spoke to Amal about the work Congress needs to do to help refugees:
Amal has now left D.C. and is next traveling to Pittsburgh, as she makes her way through 40 cities in the U.S.