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Children’s music festival canceled by venue days before event, organizers slam discrimination

A children’s music festival spreading an anti-bullying message was due to take place in Levy Park on Sunday before it was abruptly canceled by the venue, and event organizers say the action was discriminatory.

Nickelodeon That Girl star Lay Lay alongside Encanto’s Adassa apologized to fans on the day they were due to take the stage at Kids Let’s Party Fest.

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“I started getting messages about a week ago from some fans saying hello, it says it’s been cancelled,” Adassa said. “I was like, uh, I don’t think so. I sent it to the promoter, and I’m wondering what’s going on?”

Event organizers say the Upper Kirby District Foundation did so after seeing the flyer which depicts performers of all races.

They allege the decision was rooted in discrimination after multiple conversations with the venue. “It’s there. We know it’s there. It’s something underlying,” organizer Jimmy Olson said. “How would you cancel an anti-harassment event?”

However, in a statement to FOX 26, the park said it canceled the event because it “did not provide all requirements for use of the park for an event of this magnitude, including copies of applicable permits from the City of Houston, a security control plan, a site layout consistent with its permitted use of the park, locations of entry and exit points, and when festival staff and contractors would be on site. “

Olson says that’s not the case, adding: “We bent over backwards to do exactly what they asked us to do. They’re going to split hairs. They’ll tell you this and that. You can contact HPD. We had security. We had fencing.”

In response to fans who were excited to see these performers, That Girl Lay Lay and Adassa announced that they would be back to perform a free-for-the-town show which is currently in the works.

Anyone who bought a ticket for the festival can get a refund. Organizers say emails were sent Friday, but those who haven’t received one can email [email protected]