Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival to Host Helicopter Egg Drop with 20,000 Eggs on March 28

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Free, Family Event for People Across Houston

This helicopter will deliver thousands of eggs for the 20,000 egg hunt taking place during the Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival

(HOUSTON) –Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival, a free annual family event in Fifth Ward scheduled from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 28 in the 3700 block of Lyons Avenue, will include an egg hunt with 20,000 eggs, including thousands of eggs being dropped via helicopter. The festival, organized by Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation (FWCRC) and Houston City Council Member Jerry Davis, will also feature a variety of family activities and entertainment, including live music, a Kids Zone, a housing fair and health screenings.

“Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival is a ‘party with a purpose’ and designed so Fifth Ward and other Houston communities can come together to celebrate, enjoy live entertainment, learn more about housing in the neighborhood, healthcare information, and an array of other community services,” said Kathy Payton, CEO of FWCRC. “We’ve carefully curated the festival to ensure there’s something for everyone, and to provide opportunities to learn about valuable community resources available in the Fifth Ward and throughout the city. This year we’ve added something new, a helicopter is scheduled to drop thousands of goodie-filled, plastic eggs at 2 p.m. for the much anticipated urban egg hunt.”

Lakewood Church is sponsoring the Kids Zone, a premier attraction of the festival, which includes pony rides, trackless train, an interactive play area, kid friendly performances as well as arts and crafts stations.

Festival goers of all ages should prepare for an action-packed afternoon, with lively attractions, such as:

  •     Three entertainment stages featuring live performances by:

o    Blues singer and Fifth Ward native Trudy Lynn
o    Brian Jack and the Zydeco Gamblers
o    The internationally-renowned HAVIKORO break-dancing crew
o    Youth mariachi band

  •     A housing fair presented by mortgage lenders, local builders, and community organizations that help individuals and families navigate the home buying process
  •     Health screenings for the entire family
  •     Local businesses and merchants selling custom goods
  •     Food vendors preparing diverse cuisine and fresh snacks
  •     A scavenger hunt will highlight the community’s rich history and spotlight the newly renovated DeLuxe Theater

“Providing a fun event that offers citizens from Houston’s diverse communities something to enjoy works to make our city, and the region, stronger,” said Council Member Jerry Davis, District B, Houston. “The Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival celebrates all of Houston, while also honoring the rich history of Fifth Ward and educating on the revitalization efforts that are underway.”

Other community partners helping to make this festival possible are Pleasant Hill Ministries, Houston Habitat for Humanity, Legacy Community Health, Texas Children’s Health Plan, Greater Fifth Ward Stakeholders Partnerships, Early Childhood Development Center, Executive Personnel Services and YES Prep.

Sponsors for this year’s festival are, BB&T, BBVA, Chase, Earl Sams Foundation, Mayberry Homes, NHP Foundation, Parra Design Group, Protectors Insurance, Ross Mortuary, St. Arnolds Brewery, Weights & Measures and Woodforest Bank.

Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival will encompass the entire 3700 block of Lyons Avenue. Traffic will be blocked to accommodate the festivities.

For more information about the 2015 Lyons Avenue Renaissance Festival, please visit our event page on Facebook at or call the FWCRC at 713-674-0175.

About Fifth Ward Community Redevelopment Corporation: The non-profit 501(c) 3 organization was started in April of 1989. The organization was started by educators, clergy, residents and business owners. For more than 25 years FWCRC has built and sold homes, provided affordable housing, and worked to make the community a great place to live, work and play.


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