Frequently Asked Questions
ONLY $20? THAT'S NOT A LOT OF MONEY, SO WHAT AM I GETTING FOR THAT?
Your wristband is your ticket to entry. You'll also get a commemorative Kwanzaa cup (while supplies last), a map, and a chance to win prizes along the way. Also, you'll forever be a part of helping to make Black history.
WHERE DO WE ALL MEET UP?
All crawlers must arrive for check-in at 12 PM. The Brooklyn Meet Up Point is St. Francis School for the Deaf || 260 Eastern Parkway. The Harlem Meet Up Point is CS 154 Harriet Tubman Learning Center || 250 W. 127th St. At check-in, you'll get your wristband, cup, and map, and meet up with your team leader.
WHAT IF I ARRIVE LATE?
DON'T! But if you insist, you can head to the Crawl Base between 4PM - 9 PM to check-in and get your wristband, cup and map, so you can locate which venue your team is in and head there. The Brooklyn Crawl Base is: Dean Cafe || 951 Dean St. The Harlem Crawl Base is: Londel's is: 2620 Frederick Douglass Blvd.
WHAT IF I WANT TO CRAWL WITH MY FRIEND AND THEIR GROUP IS SOLD OUT?
If a friend is on a different team, it won't make or break your crawl! Teams criss-cross, split up and get back together, join other teams to create bigger teams, etc. Plus, at the end of the crawl, it's open access and teams are no longer restricted. You can link up with your friends then!
WHAT HAPPENS IF I PURCHASE A TICKET TO THE WRONG TEAM?
Buy a ticket for the right team, then send us a message on our Contact page. Select Crawler Inquiry - Ticket exchange and enter BOTH order numbers: the one you want to keep, and the ticket you want to cancel. We'll try our best to process it in a timely fashion. There are no refunds, so this is the only way for you to make an exchange.
CAN I JOIN ANOTHER TEAM DURING THE CRAWL?
No. The team you start with is the team you'll end with. #UMOJA #UNITY
OVER 25 BARS? WILL WE GO TO ALL?
NO WAY! That sounds dangerous. Each team will get to party at 4 bars throughout the duration of the crawl.
SHOULD I BRING A METRO CARD?
Yes. And please make sure there's money on it before you get to registration. Some teams will be taking the train throughout the Crawl.
THE VENUE I WANT IS SOLD OUT
Pick another venue. Even if a venue is unavailable as a starting point, it still may be one of the stops on your map. You won't know what's on your map until you check in, though, so trust the process!
WILL YOU SELL TICKETS AT THE DOOR?
Nah. In order to streamline the check in registration process, there will be no tickets available for purchase at the door. All wristbands must be purchased online prior to.
WHAT WILL I NEED IN ORDER TO CHECK-IN ON THE DAY OF THE EVENT?
In order to receive a wristband, you must have valid photo ID that says you are over 21. Unfortunately, you cannot pick up a wristband/cup for a friend, no matter how convenient it may be for the both of you. This is non-negotiable.
HOW WILL WE KNOW WHICH BARS ARE ON OUR ROUTE?
You won't know until you check-in. That's part of the fun! If there is a bar you really want to go to, choose it as your starting point. Where your team leader will take you after that all depends on your map! Ideally, you should start at a venue you've never been to before. IT'S NICE TO PICK YOUR FAVE HANGOUT SPOT, BUT SINCE YOU'RE ALWAYS THERE --- TRY A TING FOR A CHANGE!
DO ALL OF THE BARS ACCEPT CREDIT CARDS?
Yes. However, we strongly encourage you to bring cash to help things move as quickly as possible.
WHAT ABOUT FOOD?
The majority of venues will be serving appetizers and food that you can eat on the go, but you should definitely eat before you crawl.
HOW WILL WE GET FROM BAR TO BAR?
We will be "crawling" of course! Participating bars are grouped together by zones. All the bars grouped in a particular zone will be within walking distance from each other.
Bring a Metrocard, though. We'll all ride out from the registration center together and some teams will have to hop on the train to get to their zone. Once in the zone, however, we'll be walking (and caroling) from bar to bar.
No one participating in the crawl should drive for any reason! For obvious personal safety and legal reasons. (Plus, don't ruin a good thing, yo.)
IT’S DECEMBER. WHAT IF IT’S COLD?
Dress warm and drink up. Although the way this climate change is set up, it might be 70 degrees that day! We do suggest wearing layers, as there won’t be any time for coat check at the venues. But---once the liquor hits you, you’ll feel no pain. Did we mention that the team leaders will play music that we'll sing and dance to as we walk from bar to bar?! Wanna stay warm? Stay turnt!
WILL THE CRAWLERS BE SAFE? WHAT ABOUT THE NYPD?
Black Lives Matter. And that's why we told the police we were showing up! Can't surprise folks with thousands of black people singing and dancing in the streets. All local police precincts have been notified and have been supportive and welcoming of the event. Kwanzaa Crawl is about bringing members of the community together for a good cause. The NYPD is a part of our community, too, and we're all working together, alongside our local elected officials, to ensure that Kwanzaa Crawl runs smoothly and safely from start to finish.
WHAT IF I LOSE MY MAP AND LOSE MY TEAM AND MY CELL PHONE IS DEAD?
If one of the aforementioned instances occurs, you can always head back to the last bar you were at and an Operation Mobilize team member will help you find your way. But if all three happens, you may just need to take yo’ drunk ass home!
HOW LATE WILL THE CRAWL LAST?
Teams will arrive at their last bar at 9 PM. The event technically ends at 11, but most, if not all, the bars will stay open as long as you keep drinking (responsibly.) Basically, we'll keep going until party done! After 11 pm (and not a minute before), crawlers can go to any bar they want.
ISN’T KWANZAA A MADE UP HOLIDAY?
Yes. All holidays are made up. Even though Kwanzaa has only been in existence for 50 years, the literal translation, “first fruits of harvest,” is a tradition that is present in many religions. The principles and foundation of Kwanzaa were adapted from African principles, traditions and culture, and there's nothing new about coming together to celebrate the people you love in your community.
WHAT DOES KWANZAA HAVE TO DO WITH THIS BAR CRAWL?
This crawl embodies all 7 principles of Kwanzaa. Kwanzaa Crawl is about bringing people in the community together, or Umoja, which means (Unity).
A team of Black and brown creatives used the resources available to them in order to make an event of this scale happen. That’s both Kujichagulia (Self Determination) and Ujima (collective work and responsibility).
Kwanzaa Crawl creates an opportunity for black people to harness their buying power, and that’s Ujamaa (cooperative economics).
The planning, marketing, writing, and designing demonstrated Kuumba (creativity).
Creating an event which focuses on investing in your community to improve your quality of life is Nia (purpose).
Getting the owners of over 25 bars to open up for business on the day after Christmas, with the hope that the community will show up is Imani (faith).
WHY A KWANZAA CRAWL?
It’s an extension of Operation Mobilize’s mission to harness black buying power and establish "best practices” for supporting the black local economy. They are committed to highlighting how those practices can be implemented through our everyday actions.
Given the spending of black consumers and Kwanzaa’s emphasis on supporting black culture, and taking into consideration that many Black people don’t know much about Kwanzaa, this crawl is an opportunity to educate people and make Kwanzaa cool again.
WHO IS OPERATION MOBILIZE?
Operation Mobilize is a grassroots organization founded by comedian/writer Kerry Coddett (@Overfab) in July 2016, alongside her talent manager and former ad exec, Krystal Stark. The duo operate as a think tank, who collaborate and brainstorm actionable and tangible ways that everyday people can become involved in their community. Once they’ve found a new initiative, they take to the streets, mobilizing the masses to take action in whatever shape it may be, getting help from tons of friends and volunteers along the way.
WHO IS KERRY CODDETT?
Kerry Coddett [Cah-dit] is a New York based comedian, actress, and writer. She recently became a staff writer for Wyatt Cenac's new late night show on HBO, which is executive produced by John Oliver. She'll also appear on season 2 of HBO’s Crashing. Kerry has made appearances on BET's The Rundown w/ Robin Thede and performed stand up on 50 Central. Earlier this year, she won the 11th Annual Caroline's Comedy Madness competition, beating out 63 other comics in a 5-week, NCAA tournament style competition. Previously, Kerry has been featured on Tru TV's Comedy Knockout and has been on Comedy Central's The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore. Touted as "inimitable" by The Huffington Post and as "a rising star" by The Interrobang, Kerry offers a uniquely unapologetic perspective that is both irreverent and insightful.
Kerry often uses her comedic platform to bring awareness to the issues that concern her. She wrote the first historical account of SNL’s lack of diversity that helped serve as the impetus for the show’s hiring of three new black comediennes; to challenge racial biases perpetuated by the media, Kerry penned an article for the Huffington Post called “White on White Crime” that has gone viral; and, she organized a series of comedy shows at New York City homeless shelters to share the gift of laughter during the holiday season. She is also the founder of Operation Mobilize, a community-based organization, whose most recent initiative, Kwanzaa Crawl, was a historic bar crawl that drew over 1,600 people to support black owned businesses in Brooklyn.
Learn more here: Kerry Coddett