We had so much fun partying with the whole neighborhood this Saturday during Glass Street LIVE! We were overwhelmed by the positive reactions and participation from all of our partners, artists, vendors, neighbors, and performers. Check out our latest video of the day’s highlights HERE! (Thanks Kelly Lacey, for the amazing aerial shots!)

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Overall we had hundreds of delighted kids and adults alike from all around Chattanooga cheering for the parade, exploring Sherman Reservation with the National Parks rangers, dancing to the music, and both watching the mural artists paint and even getting involved themselves, covering a CPD squad car with layers of bright water paints! We even had a few surprise hits like the Comfort pop-up skate park!

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Thank you to every participating group represented last Saturday!

CNE
A Step Ahead Foundation Chattanooga
Hardy Elementary PTA
Father to the Fatherless
Habitat for Humanity
28th Legislative District
Boyce Station Neighborhood Association
Dodson Ave CHC
CARTA
Outdoor Chattanooga
Moms Clean Air Force
Grow Hope Urban Farm
EPB
I.M.P.A.C.T.
Cherokee Sierra Club Group
Southeast Conservation Corps
UT & TSU Hamilton County Extension
Tennessee River Gorge Trust
NATIONAL PARK SERVICE
Youth & Family Development
Touch My Life Ministry
Hamilton County Coalition
Track 29 and Revelry Room
UnifiEd
Zia Chapter #1081
Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park
AIM Center
Hope for the Inner City
Rock the Vote
GreenSpaces
Moms Demand Action for Gun Censorship in America
Chattanooga Hamilton County Health Dept, Community Outreach
April Gunter’s Pink Zebra
Alecia Vera Artwork
Twin Heart Creations
Cousins Mobile Boutique
Dorothy Taylor’s Peanut Brittle
Spread the Grub
BlueCare TN Insurance
The Tenesha Irvin Show

Whether it was cheering and dancing with the parade, perusing market wares on offer from our local farmers and resident vendors of homemade goods, getting an up close look at puppets made by collaborations between the artists and local kids, or contributing ideas or poetry in pop-up installations in the local shops, or just enjoying great BBQ seated at the tables among friends old and new, this was a day all about the community here on Glass Street.

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GHC Community Coordinator, Nikki Lewis described on her Instagram, the impact of the Glass Street LIVE event on the local kids who participated in the Puppet Parade: “They were the stars!!! Their smiles, their laughter– they deserve it! I couldn’t hold back the tears, and even now as I write this I cry tears of joy.”

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At the end of the day, as the GHC team brought in the last of the tables and equipment, we heard from one of our neighborhood kids, Markees Stubbs, who burst through the door to announce: “Best day of my life!” Glass Street LIVE was a fun, larger than life extravaganza where everyone could mix and meet one another, it was a day for residents to celebrate and show off the life filling the streets of this special neighborhood.