A fantastic party took place last Sunday night in the French capital on the Seine River. Organized by The Brothers Paris, a group of African-American men who live in the City of Light, the event lived up to its high hopes and expectations.
Called “The Brothers Paris Spring Gala,” the party took place on a barge located directly across the river from the new Fashion and Design Center. It began shortly after 8:00 p.m. as guests arrived to take their places around dinner tables for a delicious three-course meal. Live music started almost immediately, with top-level bands and singers belting out rhythms until around midnight. After that hour, recorded music took over for dancing until 2:00 a.m.
Long-time Paris resident Tannie Stoval was inspired to organize The Brothers Paris shortly after the Million Man March that was held in Washington, D.C. in 1995. He began inviting African-American men who live in Paris to his place for dinner and conversation, and this private, weekly event has become a tradition. Many years later, the group is still going strong, and it recently decided to organize an open event to celebrate African-American culture.
And celebrate it did, in art, poetry, and music!
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