“Thankfulness creates gratitude which generates contentment that causes peace,” is the slogan of the Community Peace Festival in Saint Paul’s old Rondo neighborhood, which took place this weekend at the Ober Community Center on Western Avenue.
“This is the 19th year we do this every year,” said Melvin Giles, who took the lead in organizing the festival (but didn’t want any credit). “It’s a peace celebration to help reinforce these words here, ‘may peace prevail on earth.'”
The festival brought together folks from the neighbohrood with music, free food, a climbing wall, and a bouncy dinosaur castle, as well as two-dozen tents and activities from all parts of Saint Paul.
“This is just a way to keep instill the peace in the neighborhood, peace in our homes,” Giles explained.