The African American Festival held in Baltimore draws hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, according to greiBO Entertainment. In years past, the festival featured hundreds of musical acts such as Slick Rick and Salt-N-Pepa and vendors.
Mayor Catherine Pugh said the festival has grown too expensive. She wants to move the event from the parking lots between the Orioles and Ravens stadiums to the Druid Hill Park and reduce its size.
No further details are available about this year’s event, but Pugh said she would release more information soon.
“It’s coming back,” Pugh said of the festival. “I love all the festivals that we celebrate throughout the city. The city put a lot of resources into the African-American festival. The city can’t afford to do that.
“A two-day event just got to be too expensive for the city. It is an important festival for us. We do have volunteers who will work on making sure the festival takes place.”
The city paid $535,000 in consulting fees to greiBO Entertainment to help run the festival. According to the company’s website, it has helped to increase the event attendance from 20,000 to 200,000, which added $20 million in revenue for the city.