South Jamaica Renaissance & Christmas Parade

Turning a blighted community into a blessed community.

Jamaica, NY, December 07, 2018 --( Residents, clergy, non-profits, businesses, stakeholders and youth will unite and march for unity, community pride and safety on Saturday December 15, 2018 to commemorate the day that they reclaim, revitalize and beautify their community of Southeast Queens. The Renaissance Parade will start on Guy R Brewer and South Rd., culminating at Inspire New York, located at 115-42 Sutphin Boulevard, Jamaica, NY for an Ugly Sweater Christmas party with surprise guests to speak on eradicating diabetes and learning how to live healthier, happier, wealthier lives. The Renaissance Movement started with a fundraising Ball on November 9 of this year, organized by the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce. The Renaissance Movement is about a rebirth of community pride, making an effort to see SE Queens and the greater Jamaica area businesses prosper and thrive as the stakeholders turn the community into a mecca for business, art and culture.

The Renaissance Parade starts at Guy R Brewer Boulevard and Tuskegee Airmen Way (formerly South Rd.) at 2:30 pm. A marching band, community leaders, police officers, schools, non-profits, health professionals will sing, walk, and drive down South Rd to Sutphin then turn left on Sutphin and walk down to 116 St.

Sutphin Blvd will begin looking like Christmas, thanks to the efforts of the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce who fundraised to put up holiday lighting on Sutphin Blvd from South Rd to 116 Street. The president of the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce, Rev. Simone Lord, has been championing community beautification and revitalization for quite some time now. Dr. Lord, the brainchild behind Inspire NY, the nation’s first church and wellness center is also the founder of the Southeast Queens Chamber of Commerce. “I am so happy to see the snowflake lights go up on Sutphin Blvd. It is a dream come true to see my community look beautiful. We will continue our efforts to add more green spaces and horticulture offerings to forgotten corridors of South Jamaica, like Guy R Brewer, like Sutphin Blvd., and like Tuskegee Airmen Way (South Rd) in South Jamaica. It’s about taking back our streets and making better quality lives. The residents here are beautiful, distinguished people and its time our community looked less blight and more blessed to reflect who the residents are and to inspire our youth to take more pride in themselves and build a beautiful community.”

The Sutphin Boulevard Local Development Corporation is co-sponsoring the Renaissance Christmas Parade.
Dr. Simone Lord