BRAWLEY — Although it was April Fool’s Day, the Brawley First Fridays event was no joke. While growing in popularity, the event continues to promote art, culture, and community on Friday night.
“We basically want to get together the community and help each other out,” explained Andres Ramos, a staff organizer of the event. “If you try to open up a store on your own and you don’t have anyone to help you out, then you’re not really going to put yourself out there. It is going to be more difficult. With this event, we have local businesses where people get together and see what you are offering. Maybe a person will come by and see what you have and they may have an idea for you that will help you in the future. We want to get the community to work together and help each other out.”
Taking place at 151 S. 6th Street from 6pm to 10pm, this month’s event proved to be a success. Guests were pleased to see art and paintings by artists such as Mayra G. Garcia and Leslie Lara fill the alleyway walls.
“The outcome seems to be different this time around,” said Ramos. “It seems like more and more people are showing up each time we do an event. That’s the main thing I see today, more people showing up.”
There was no lack of entertainment for the increased population, as well as an interactive photo booth that was available for guests to use. There were also live musical performances from local bands for guests to enjoy.
For those with an appetite, there was a kettle corn and funnel cake booth available for guests. There was also a live t-shirt printing booth, handmade yarn beanies, and custom jewelry.
“Today turned out pretty good,” commented Ramos. “We got a lot of vendors to participate. I think there could be more art. People don’t really submit their art here and we encourage people to for the next time around. Other than that, it’s all good.”