NORFOLK–As part of the city’s Neighbors Building Neighborhoods initiative, Norfolk hosted its fifth annual Neighborhood Expo on September 16 at Military Circle Mall. The Expo provides residents a forum to exchange ideas, spotlight neighborhoods, and be recognized for their accomplishments. It also provides opportunities for other stakeholders and businesses to share information on services and programs in a festive environment. At the recommendation of Vice-Basileus, Ron Moore, Lambda Omega became a “Movers” sponsor for the first time. This permitted chapter members to pass out flyers about an upcoming fish fry. They also shared information about the young male mentoring program that’s being rebooted.
This year’s Expo kicked off with a neighborhood parade inside the mall to celebrate neighborhood heroes. Six-year-old Julian, a CHKD hero, was the grand marshal. He was followed by the Norview High School Drum Line. Neighborhoods and exhibitors were encouraged to join the parade, bring banners, and dress as superheroes. There was also a dunking booth outside the food court to benefit CHKD. Norfolk Police Chief Larry Boone, two assistant chiefs, and a deputy city manager were featured dunking booth targets. Entertainment included face painting, appearance by the East Coast Alliance of Cosplayers superhero group, and performances by the Toe 2 Toe Dancers, Mosaic Steel Band and Maury High School cheerleaders. Bro. Earl Fraley, chairman of Norfolk’s City Planning Commission gave welcoming remarks to Expo attendees.