North Carolina's Durag Fest Returns For A Second Year As The Blackest Of Juneteenth Celebrations
Let that cape proudly flap!
June 18, 2018 at 8:25 pm
Update (June 19, 2019): After a huge turnout last year, Durag Fest returned for a second time on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Thousands showed out in their finest capes to enjoy the weather and get an early start on commemorating Juneteenth.
— Durag Festival ® (@duragfestival) June 17, 2019
Last year nearly 1,500 people showed up to eat, drink, party and enjoy the arts at the festival, which has now been named the “Met Gala of Durags.”
“Growing up in Charlotte, we’ve had different Juneteenth festivals before, but Durag Fest was almost like a millennial version,” Alexandria Pitts told Q City Metro last week.
“I don’t think I’ve ever really experienced a festival in Charlotte like Durag Fest. We just want to have a good time and celebrate us being us.”
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The festival was created by Dammit Wesley, Lica Mishelle and DJ Fannie Mae, three artists native to Charlotte. They were initially surprised by the turnout in the first year but prepared for it this time, laying out a schedule for attendees.
????: _portraitmami (Instagram) giving us a look at Durag Fest 2019 in Charlotte, NC. I love Black folks. pic.twitter.com/cB8Xkvs1qy
— Action Hank, beet enthusiast (@TommyThickles) June 18, 2019
— The New ???? (@DJDiveIn) June 17, 2019
The day started at 11 a.m. with a four-hour brunch, followed by an art show, fashion show, Wave competition and musical performances. The night ended with a huge dance party.
“Durag Fest is an event where the people in attendance are just as important as the exhibition of the artwork that exists within the show itself," Wesley told WFAE Charlotte.
“This ia uniquely African American experience. Uniquely. Just more or less wave culture and durag culture is something that we invented, something that is uniquely us and something we should take pride in."
Original: Thousands showed out in their finest capes to enjoy the weather and get an early start on commemorating Juneteenth.
Durag culture is real. A$AP Ferg recently blessed folks with a step-by-step tutorial on how to properly tie a durag. Since rocking a durag is all about swag, folk can't be out here with an improper tie or fit; plus, the waves won't flow correctly.
While the masses were thanking A$AP Ferg for his service, Charlotte, North Carolina, was busy taking durag culture to an entirely different level. The city hosted an entire durag festival on June 15.
That's right — a durag fest.
Durag Fest was created by Joseph Headen and was held at BLKMRKT, a black-owned art gallery. Activities included a fashion show, art displays and a wave contest.
Nobody was excluded from the fun. Whether you were a man, woman or baby, everybody showed off their durag swag.
She won, though:
Wow, we love us.