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At African Economic Development Solutions (AEDS), we strive to connect and build vibrant communities with creativity and social connection. 

We conduct ongoing community engagement to ensure African immigrants have a voice in community. By sponsoring events, we hope to strengthen African community and culture.  The Little Africa Festival & Parade features food, live performances, art shows, and an African fashion show. Join us this year on August 4th, 2024 from Noon-9 p.m. at Hamlin Park 

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Pixabay Kalaidoscope
Pixabay Kalaidoscope



Join Us

Join us as we march through Little Africa and celebrate African community and culture.  The one-day event hosted by African Economic Development Solutions brings together people from all over the Twin Cities of Minnesota and the surrounding communities to walk side by side and enjoy this event.



For nine years, the African Economic Development Solutions hosts the Little Africa Parade & Festival. The event features live music performances, art shows, vendors, and African fashion. Located at Hamline Park, the event is encourages the development and revitalization of the area for African businesses, culture, and communities.


African Products

African Economic Development Solutions features booths at Little Africa Parade & Festival to gain products made by African immigrants or African products. Come see the beautiful items on sale at the event. Last year's events featured clothing, food, teas, art, and fabrics. Come support these vital business in the St. Paul & Minneapolis area. If you like to be a vendor, please fill out an application on the Little Africa website.

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African Economic Development Solutions works hard to provide events that highlight the value of African Immigrants and connect to the community. Each staff member is invested in growing African and African American business. Come meet the staff at Little Africa as they enjoy African culture in Hamline Park.  


Dress Up

Join Little Africa Parade & Festival and dress in the colors of an African country or African culture. There are many bright colored outfits at Little Africa as people showcase their pride in Africa with traditional and casual African prints. Dress up or or come and see all the colorful styles. Learn and enjoy the fashion on a beautiful Summer day. 

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Meet Others

Join the fun of Little Africa Parade & Festival and meet others. Whether you are from Africa or the community this is a wonderful opportunity to learn more. People from all over come and celebrate Little Africa as we showcase the music, food, clothing, dance and art of Africa. Come and participate in the parades. Watch the dances. See the many African cultural exhibits on sale or display. Enjoy the day with us.

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