, 2022-11-30 09:03:27,
Rain and wind fail to dampen PCI’s 50th Thanksgiving celebration
News Staff Report
A large crowd of unknown size braved a heavy storm and strong cold winds to attend this year’s resumption of the two-day Poarch Band of Creek Indians Thanksgiving Pow Wow, which had been inactive for the past two years due to the COVID pandemic. -19 .
Neither Chris “Ding Ding” Blackburn, PCI’s event and planning coordinator, nor Kristin Hellmich, the tribe’s director of media communication and strategy, could be reached for an exact attendance figure or comment on the overall success of the event. .
However, comments posted on the local tribe’s Facebook page indicate that traffic has stopped from the festival grounds to Interstate 65, with some attendees reporting a lapse of nearly an hour to reach the Pow Wow parking lot from the interstate.
The 50th annual “Gathering of the Tribes” featured members from numerous Native American nations from across the country participating in an impressive Grand Entrance and competing for cash prizes of more than $125,000 in dance and drumming contests.
The annual event, held on Thanksgiving Day and the following Friday (November 24 and 25), was established in 1971…
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