A group of Brooklyn residents met up Monday to celebrate Kwanzaa and boost local businesses.
Operation Mobilize is billing the event as the "first annual Kwanzaa Crawl." More than 1,600 people gathered to celebrate black community, family and culture. They moved on to black-owned bars and restaurants throughout the day.
Monday marked Umoja, the first day of Kwanzaa, which is a weeklong holiday.
It’s a pub crawl with a purpose.
Hundreds of holiday revelers went bar-hopping through Brooklyn as part of a post-Christmas, Kwanzaa celebration to promote black businesses.
The event, organized in conjunction with the observance of the 50th anniversary of African-American celebration of family, community and culture, included 17 local bars and restaurants in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Crown Heights, Prospect Heights, Clinton Hill, Fort Greene, and Park Slope.
Kwanzaa is a weeklong celebration of principles that are held in high regard in the African American community, including creativity, faith, cooperative economics and unity.
Those are typically not concepts one associates with going to bars and drinking, however, in a unique first for this part of Brooklyn, an organized group traveling among bars and nightclubs on Monday was all about Kwanzaa and its values.
Kick off Kwanzaa the best way we know how—with a bar crawl, of course.
The brainchild of Bedford-Stuyvesant comedian Kerry Coddett, the Kwanzaa Crawl aims to support black-owned businesses in Brooklyn with a hop between sixteen bars and restaurants in Bed-Stuy, Crown Heights, Fort Greene and Park Slope on December 26th, the first day of the week-long holiday. Participating venues include Bed-Vyne Brew Bar, Vodou Bar and Bedford Hall.
SantaCon is finished, now get ready for Kwanzaa Crawl.
Bedford-Stuyvesant resident and comedian Kerry Coddett is launching a Kwanzaa-celebrating bar crawl to support black-owned businesses throughout Brooklyn.
Move over, SantaCon. Kwanzaa Crawl is coming to town.
The one-day event, to be held on Dec. 26 — the first day of Kwanzaa — invites people to support black-owned businesses throughout several communities in Brooklyn.