The 110th Anniversary King Wamba Carnival Parade is Saturday, June 1st.
“Toledo's best and most eccentric parade!!”
–THE TOLEDO CITY PAPER
Kick off Festival!
The Old West End Festival and the Parade Committee welcomes you to participate in the 2019 King Wamba Carnival Parade. The King Wamba Carnival Parade is the official kick-off of the Old West End Festival and will step off Saturday, June 1st, 2019, at 10 a.m.
This eclectic convergence of art, music, street theatre and visual wonder will proceed south through the Old West End (Robinwood, Bancroft, Collingwood) ending at Collingwood at Woodruff (Art Fair/Marketplace).
Scheduled Performers include:
Detroit Party Marching Band
Kazoo Kids on the Block
The Toledo Museum of Art
JJ Express Drill Team
Scott High School Marching Band
Mud Made Riders
Culture Clash Records
Toledo Lucas County Library will debut its new Book Bike!
Toledo School for the Arts
Children’s Theatre Workshop
Daughters of the British Empire (cool British vehicles)
Monroe Street Neighborhood Center Savvy Seniors
Glass City Rollers
Royalty Dance Team
Toledo Pit Bull Team
…and more participants added daily!
Announcing 2019 King Wamba and Queen Sancha!
In the 30 years Chuck and Finley have been together, they have worked on 8 vintage homes, several in the Old West End. It was an antiquing trip to Sylvania and an unplanned stop in the Old West End that set those wheels in motion. Their shared love of architecture and craftsmanship convinced them that this was the place to plant their roots.
They had been living in the historic district of Adrian, MI; that visit to the Old West End sold them on relocating here. Finley reflected, "I wish my mother was still alive because this would have been a house she would have loved. She loved antiques. I'm thankful to be here"
It's clear when meeting the two that they love promoting Toledo with others. The inclusivity and diversity is a key attraction to young people and homebuyers to the Old West End. Even if you don't have a ton of money, it's okay, you can do it, if your willing to learn and work hard.
Living in the Ford Home, they agree it is a treasure to be shared with many. "We've been active in the neighborhood for almost 20 years. In that time we try to share and help out and be a part of the community ," says Finley. Living here you can't wait to get off of work to come home. They recognize that it's not always the sheer square footage of the house that makes it lovely but the spirit of the home. "The smallest little house might be the most gorgeous music box inside. Let's celebrate these works of art!" exclaimed Finley.
It's not just the Old West End they love, they like Toledo too. As Finley sees it, "Toledo has a small-town feel. There is a lot of opportunity here; downtown is invigorating. We have so many very nice local businesses. It's exciting to go somewhere that isn't cookie cutter."
Community and involvement are high priorities for the two. Chuck explained, "Someone will post something on Facebook and within 20 to 30 minutes someone else is there to help. That's what a neighborhood is, what a community is. We know our faults, we know our strengths and we know what tears us apart, but in the long run we are all here for each other."
With festival drawing closer their workload is accelerating. Knowing that many love to see a finished product, they are putting in double time to get it done. However as Chuck says, "People like to see the process. It helps people understand what it takes to rehabilitate a home. I think guests like to see that juxtaposition between what is finished and what yet needs to be done." When rehabilitating a home they usually follow a similar methodology. "We try to tackle the bigger problems first. Chuck has an eye and a skilled hand for figuring out how to make it right," says Finley.
The gentlemen are honored to be ambassadors for the Old West End, a function they have participated in for years. They know how important volunteering is and encourage their friends to give of their time as well. "If no one wants to give of their time, festival could never happen. It's nice to see new people coming in to help," says Chuck.