Portsmouth Celebrates UMOJA Festival

The Memorial Day weekend got off to a pleasant start with perfect weather, while the UMOJA Festival continued into its second day at the nTelos Wireless Pavilion in Portsmouth Saturday.

Ethnic foods such as jambalaya and larderbout, and a marketplace of sculptures, paintings, prints, baskets, quilts and other assorted hand-crafted wares contribute to the ambiance of the Festival, according to the website.

The word umoja means unity in Swahili, in and effort to unify, The Red Cross, Sickle Cell Anemia, PRIDE in Parenting and other social service organizations set-up exhibits to educate Festival participants about programs available in the community.

Music headliners for Saturday include Peabo Bryson and Jazmine Sullivan and Portsmouth’s own CaReam. Sundays headliner is Grammy Award winner Vickie Winans.