The Near Westside Initiative hosted its 10th annual Multicultural Block Party at Skiddy Park this summer! The free event helps to spread good news about the neighborhood and allows residents to interact with service providers to which they may not normally get the chance.

The theme of this year’s party was Respect the Culture. Several TCI partners set up booths with information, healthy foods, and other samples – along with more than 50 other organizations. Residents enjoyed live music, dancing, food, inflatables, face painting, a dunk tank, balloon animals, games and more. Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh and members of the Syracuse Police Department also participated in the festivities. At one point, the Mayor even entered the dunk tank.

The party received local and national media coverage.