NEW HAVEN, Ind. (WFFT) - Once June rolls around, the streets of New Haven will stay quiet. Headwaters Park gates will stay shut.
No parades, no festivals until at least the 4th of July.
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Canal Days in New Haven is usually the first of the summer festivals in Northeast Indiana, which New Haven Mayor Steve McMichael says is important for the towns.
"These festivals are really important for the thread and fabric of the communities for which they’re in, particularly in the cities the size of Huntington and Fort Wayne, and Bluffton. Auburn and Angola, and Decatur," McMichael explained.
Without the festivals, for a town like New Haven, the local nonprofits could be losing out on thousands of dollars in revenue.
"The economic impact is felt more to the non-profits that do set up things like the local Masonic Lodge that sets up the lemon shake-ups and other groups that sell stuff during Canal Days. Nachos at Power House," McMichael said. "Those types of organizations, it’s really going to hurt them, the nonprofits, from a funding standpoint because they count on that funding to help do their programming year around."
For smaller festivals, like Arab Fest, President Rema Addrayie says it also means people are missing out on cultural experiences.
Addrayie said, "People can see us in that type of relaxed setting and we are just trying to live our lives and get together and get along, and that it’s very possible because just what somebody sees or reads online is not always one hundred percent accurate."
However, McMichael believes that the small communities and groups of people will be better off once this is all over.
"Northeast Indiana is full of amazing communities. The people are resilient. The people are strong. The people look out for each other. They love their neighbors. They take care of each other. We will get through this.”
Addrayie says to help keep the spirit of the festival alive for this year, they play to show highlights from festivals past over on their Facebook page.
McMichael said once the community can safely come back together, they are planning a 4th of July parade in New Haven.
The parade details, as of the time of the publishing of this article, are as follows:
- Time: Saturday, July 4, 11 a.m.
- Route: Starting approximately at Rose Ave and Broadway in Downtown New Haven, heading towards Schnelker Park.
- Family picnic will be held at Schnelker Park with local restaurants allowed to sell their food.
- Parade will also feature class of 2020 high school and college graduates to be honored by the community.
More details about the parade will be published once FOX 55 receives them.