Saturday, March 3, 2012 - 1:15 p.m. NOTICE: Due to weather, the "Living Legends" tribute has been cancelled for today March 3, 2012. The tribute may be postponed for tomorrow, Sunday, March 4, 2012. Further notices will be released once additional information is received. Thursday, March 1, 2012
The Audubon Nature Institute will host its 9th annual Soul Fest at the Zoo this weekend, March 3 and 4, 2012. Soul Fest features the best in African American food, music and crafts, as well as a special children's tent and health exhibitors. The theme for this year's festivities is "Celebrating the Wonders of Nature", which will be highlighted by a “Living Legends” tribute to honor local African American Firsts.
One of the distinguished Black history makers being honored this year is President Natalie Robottom, the first African American Parish President for St. John the Baptist Parish. Other honorees include Mjeeda Snead, South Coast Paper, the Original Illinois Club and the Buffalo Soldiers' 9th Calvary. The festivities are scheduled for Saturday, March 3 at 2:00 p.m. at the Capital One Stage in the Zoo.
The two day family oriented event runs from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. both days and features live musical performances by local Jazz, Rhythm & Blues, and Gospel artists. Authentic soul food prepared by local restaurants and caterers will be featured, along with a collection of exotic animals and hands on activities at the Kid’s Cultural tent. Admission is free for Audubon members and with the purchase of a general admission ticket to one of the Audubon Nature Institute’s locations. Visit www.auduboninstitute.org for more information and a schedule of events.