The Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival’s two-day music festival kicked off Saturday at Curtis Hixon Waterfront Park in downtown Tampa. There was a 5k walk, a drum circle, the “Battle of the DJ’s,” a line dance and a performance by the funk band the Ohio Players — minus the group’s longtime frontman Leroy “Sugarfoot” Bonner, who died last year.
The festival includes food, arts and crafts vendors, health screenings and a children’s village. The weekend-long event is the centerpiece of the 10-day Tampa Bay Black Heritage Festival.
The music festival continues Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., culminating with a performance by the jazz group Pieces of a Dream.