Party in the name of Columbia Heights turns 11 years old, becomes a summer bash

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Washington DC -- There may have been a new date but still people in the Columbia Heights area found plenty to be proud of as they celebrated a festival in the name of their neighborhood.

The one-day Columbia Heights Festival is a yearly tradition but it was moved this year from its traditional spot in September to the summer.

Organizers said the festival celebrates diversity within the community near the National Zoo. Fun activities included adult tricycle races, pie eating contests, gardening classes and free exercise classes featuring yoga and Zumba.

The event also allowed to neighbors to sample restaurants near 11th Street and the get to know people who also call Columbia Heights home.

The celebration began 11 years ago as a way to bring together churches, art centers, local community organizations, small businesses, and residents from diverse socioeconomic and cultural backgrounds.