Aquarium celebrates African and African-American cultures through this live-streaming virtual event

Pictured: La La Mardi Gras will perform at the Aquarium’s African-American Virtual Festival / Photo courtesy of the Aquarium of the Pacific

Celebrating the richness and diversity of African-American and African cultures, the Aquarium of the Pacific’s nineteenth annual African-American Festival will take place as a virtual event on Saturday, February 27. This virtual event will feature African and African-American music, dance, storytelling, and historical displays. Festival performances will include Mardi Gras second line dancing, hip hop and breakdancing, tap and modern dance, soul-pop fusion music, and West African drumming, dancing, and storytelling. At 3:15 p.m., the Aquarium will present its Heritage Award to Felton Williams, Ph.D. for his outstanding service to African American communities. Immediately following the Heritage Award, the Aquarium will officially announce and celebrate its 2021 African American Scholar recipients. The virtual online festival will be streaming live from the Aquarium of the Pacific, and anyone can tune in for free from 10:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

WHEN: Saturday, February 27, 2021, 10:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Pacific Time

10:00 a.m.Storytelling in the West African tradition – Baba the Storyteller
10:45 a.m.Tap and modern dancing – PISE (Positive Images of Self Expression)
11:30 a.m.Forgotten Images – A Celebration of African and African-American History
12:15 p.m.West African drumming and dancing – Dembrebrah
1:00 p.m.Animal presentation by the Aquarium of the Pacific with The LA LA Mardi Gras Second Liners
1:45 p.m.Breakdancing and popping – Homeland Crew
2:30 p.m.Soul-pop fusion music performance by Per Se
3:15 p.m.Aquarium’s Heritage Award presentation honoring Felton Williams, Ph.D.
3:25 p.m.African American Scholar Program award ceremony

Program subject to change.

WHERE: Aquarium of the Pacific’s website:

                      How to view the Virtual African-American Festival:

On Saturday, February 27, the public can visit the Virtual African-American Festival webpage to watch the live streaming event. The schedule will be posted on the webpage, along with links to social media outlets that will also stream the event live.

COST: Free, no reservations required

INFO: (562) 590-3100 or visit


SCHOLAR PROGRAM: The Aquarium of the Pacific is announcing the recipients of its African American Scholar Program. The award ceremony will take place around 3:25 p.m. Pacific Time during the Aquarium’s annual African-American Festival, which will be held virtually on February 27, 2021. The applications were submitted by students who demonstrated a commitment to studies related to careers in the aquarium field, including ocean education, animal husbandry, water quality, building maintenance or facilities, microbiology, and business management. Award recipients were selected by a committee made of Aquarium staff and members of the community. Each of the 10 recipients will receive $10,000 and will also be invited to the Aquarium to participate in presentations, meetings, and other activities during the duration of the program. This scholarship is funded through donor support. You can support the initiative by making a donation on this Aquarium webpage or by contacting the Aquarium development department at Thanks to a generous matching gift from an anonymous donor, gifts will be matched up to $10,000.

Credit: The Aquarium of the Pacific.

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