Celebratory, curvy smiles never fail to exist during Curly Girl Collective (CGC) events. The CurlFest, held at Prospect Park in Brooklyn on Saturday, June 22nd was no different. The CurlFest was a festival dedicated to the curly naturalistas, however, welcoming men and children. Blankets, coolers, music and curly hair filled the park that sunny afternoon. As the temperature rose, so did the laughter and joy.
Upon arrival you were graced with a goodie bag filled with products and samples sponsored by Eden Body Works, Miss Jessie’s, KarenBodyBeautiful, SheaMoisture and a host of others. A circular, CGC stamped fan was also given to battle the heatwaves. As you found an area to park your blanket and cooler you were met with scavenger hunters looking to complete their scavenger list provided by CGC for a chance to win a prize. Video bloggers, bloggers, photographers and the like scoured the park in attempts to capture every moment of ambiance. Music was provided by DJ Hollywood and set off the crowd with hits to make you move your body. Crowds of curly cuties danced to the wobble, cupid shuffle, macarena and of course their own beat. The bonus was the legendary soul train line where individuals grabbed a favorite dance partner and hit the grass with their best moves! Cheers, cackles and complimentary bubbles blown by the crowd filled the atmosphere creating a whimsical experience. Food trucks offering hot bites and icee/ice cream vendors traveled the park to cool you down. Raffles and giveaways were presented in intervals to keep the momentum going. The vibe was simply, chill.
The vendors put the icing on the cake. Lining the outskirts of the park, they enticed you with handbags, handmade jewelry, books, pins, clothing and much more. Among favorites, Haus of Swag, Liliglow, Two Lite Creations and Esther Woo Vintage offered their creative (some handmade) pieces. Also included were: Adorn New York, Pauline Asman Designs, Jewel’s Vintage Closet, KnickKnacks and many more.
Curly Girl Collective is a group of friends who came together to celebrate and educate on all topics related to natural hair. Empowerment is their focus. Officially launched in 2011, they have continuously put together forums and events to spread awareness of just how beautiful it is to love yourself and your natural hair.
If you missed this festival you should definitely be jealous, but no worries, visit www.curlygirlcollective.com to stay in the loop.
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