Contact: Candice Frederick
June 4, 2013 cell: 609-532-6552

(TRENTON, NJ)—The Trenton African American Pride Festival (TAAPF) will kick off its third year with a youth sports expo at the historic Cadwalader Park on Saturday, August 10th, 2013. The youth sports expo, one of several new additions to this year’s festival, will link the various youth sports organizations in the city for a day of fun and exercise.

The sports expo will be held from from11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and will feature basketball, football, soccer, tennis, golf and boxing exhibitions. The festival will be held the following weekend from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday, August 17 at Cadwalader Park.

The African American Pride Festival, which was first held in 2011 and has quickly become one of the most anticipated festivals in the state capital, celebrates the history, culture, heritage, arts, rich traditions and zestful spirit that encompasses the African American community in the City of Trenton. The festival will again feature music, performances, African cuisine, vendors, activities for children, face painting and more.

The Trenton African American Pride Festival Youth Sports Expo has partnered with several city youth sports organizations to bring a variety of sports to the event. The West End Little League will kick things off with a softball game. “West End Little League is excited about the opportunity to partner with the TAAPF team, bringing the softball game to the City Of Trenton,” said Ron Davis, Head of the West End Little League.

The Trenton Football Club and the Pop Warner Football League will run exhibition games during the day. The National Junior Tennis League and First Tee will offer golf lessons and exhibition games, and Trenton’s Boxing Club will teach kids how to spar in the boxing ring. A youth basketball exhibition game will be held in the afternoon coupled with the annual “From the Block to the Boardroom Basketball Game.”

“We are excited to join with all of these great organizations to make this event happen,” said TAAPF Executive Director Latarsha Burke. “One of the main drivers of the festival is to provide a fun and engaging environment for kids. These partnerships have allowed us to accomplish that feat.”
There will be vendors and food available for sale at the concession stand. The Trenton YMCA and the Boys and Girls Club will provide volunteers to assist with the event.

Following the legacy of the African American culture’s Juneteenth celebration, the Trenton African American Pride Festival’s goal is to inspire an appreciation for the diversity in Trenton’s African-American and Caribbean Diasporas.

The festival is produced with the help of several local organizations with the support of the city and the county. For the complete schedule of events, please visit