Second ARTigras Celebration Kicks Off This Weekend

May 5, 2016
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

A DeKalb arts celebration kicks off Friday night. It’s the second year for ARTigras.

Events begin with a “March To Bourbon Street” at the Egyptian Theatre in downtown DeKalb. It’s designed to emulate the New Orleans culture.

Dana Stover serves on the ARTigras planning committee. She says it’s an opportunity for people to celebrate fine arts.

“What stands out first is just the community spirit – that it brings together the school of NIU, the city of DeKalb, surrounding areas, Kishwaukee College. And it brings everyone together," Stover said.

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The location of a parade meant to celebrate arts and culture was moved from a main road to a less busy one in downtown DeKalb. That’s because some businesses were concerned about road blocks interfering with prime Saturday business hours.

ARTigras was held for the first time last year and will be on May 7 and 8 this year. The festival’s 40-minute parade was originally supposed to go from First to Fourth Streets on Lincoln Highway, but it was moved to Locust Street.

Artigras Parade Kicks Off Arts Celebration

May 4, 2015
Carl Nelson / WNIJ

Mix the visual and performing arts with a gorgeous spring afternoon outdoors. Add a lot of color and an evening of music and you've got Artigras.

The art-themed parade is a first for Northern Illinois University and DeKalb. It started in downtown DeKalb Saturday afternoon and made its way to NIU's art building. Post-parade music included concerts by the NIU Steel Band, the university's ukulele ensemble, and the Kishwaukee Symphony Orchestra.