This year marks the fourth annual Barrio Bash community block party in downtown Amarillo.
It is a chance for people to eat, meet new people and even make positive connections.
It started as a small event hosted by Power Church four years ago, but it has grown into something much bigger over time.
“Last year we had about, you know 4,000 people and this year, we’re expecting more,” said Manny DeLosSantos, a Pastor at Power Church. “The concept behind it, the vision behind it is–get the neighborhood out of their house, get the community out of their house, and come and have a lawn chair, put it out, listen to great music and just reestablish and reaffirm community in our city.”
The block party now has major sponsors and draws a huge crowd. It features live music, delicious food, and even public services like free health screenings and vaccinations by the City of Amarillo’s Department of Health.
Amarillo Police and Fire Department crews were on-hand to cook food and provide security, while kids played and adults visited more than 85 vendors.
“…from every type of non-profit to you know, financial institutions, colleges coming to recruit, (sic) there’s employers looking for employees,” DeLosSantos said. “It’s a great range of different things that are here. Everybody just coming together to have a good time. No agenda, no fundraising. It’s just come out, get out of your house and just celebrate life.”
Organizers said they expect the block party to soon outgrow its venue on SE 10th Avenue as the crowds continue to grow larger each year.
The event coordinator said any and all funds raised are put back into the community and used for the next year’s block party.