SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The South Orange/Maplewood Community Coalition on Race hosted their annual XRootsFest on Floods Hill Saturday afternoon, June 24. The event featured a wide array of entertainment and learning opportunities for all.

Although the start of the event was delayed until 2 p.m., from the original start time of noon, due to inclement weather, the turnout was far larger than that at the previous year's event.

Maplewood Mayor Vic DeLuca welcomed all with “Greetings from Maplewood," and noted that Maplewood has been funding the South Orange/Maplewood Coalition on Race for many years. "We wish them all the best – this is what Democracy looks like and what our two towns look like," added DeLuca

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South Orange Village President Sheena Collum asked the crowd, “join me in song!" and then led those on stage with her and DeLuca as well as those in the audience in a rendition of “Shout."

There were drumming performances by the Red Storm Drum and Dance Troupe, Creations Dance Academy, and the Columbia High School Special Dance Company who were introduced by their artistic director, Kandice Point-Du-Jour.

The event also featured many vendors and opportunities to sample foods of all types of cuisines, as well as the chance to learn about various cultures and their traditions.

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