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Celebrate neighborhood culture with Benson Days Parade and Festival | Local News

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Mustangs, motorcyclists and musicians occupied the 1-mile (1.6 km) strip of Omaha’s Benson neighborhood on Saturday morning for the annual Benson Days Parade and Festival.

For Benson residents, the two-day Benson Days event is a way to celebrate the neighborhood and attract people from other parts of Omaha, home to popular restaurants and local businesses. At least 1,000 people gathered to watch the parade, with hundreds stopping for food and shopping afterwards.

Benson is one of Omaha’s trendiest neighborhoods, designated a Historic Commercial District by the National Register of Historic Places and a Creative District by the Nebraska Arts Council. Vibrant nightlife and arts His thriving North Central neighborhood is a hub for his 20-somethings looking for a night out and families looking to chill out.

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Some neighborhood residents walked from their homes to the Maple Street parade, while others took advantage of increased foot traffic by setting up stalls in their front yards. St. Paul Benson’s Church hosted a “Jumblerama”. This is a massive parking lot sale that sells everything from household items to boxes of clothing.

Parade participants began their journey at Benson High School and walked the entire historic street along Maple Street from 59th Street to 63rd Street. Benson High School dance and cheer teams danced the route along with the Salem Stepping Saints training team. The Omaha Roller Derby League member rocked his helmet and elbow pads while attempting jumps and tricks on uneven pavement.

At Immanuel Lutheran Church, just a block away from the center of the event, Marty Hoenig ushered people into the church parking lot for the triennial block party. Volunteers handed out hot dogs, chips, water and free school supplies to children in preschool through high school. Family folk-rock band Primetime Pickers played music as kids blew bubbles and knocked over his giant Jenga set.

A graduate of Benson High School and a lifelong neighborhood resident, Hoenig has helped host block parties for the past three years.

“A lot of people came this year, and I’m very happy,” said Hoenig. “This is a great area. When people come together for something like this, it’s even better.”

Saturday’s celebration was just the beginning of the two-day festival. On Sunday mornings, Mode Shift Omaha hosts cycling and yoga classes at Gallagher Park. Both start at 9am. The John J. Mercer Masonic Lodge offers tours of Benson’s historic business district at 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM, and 6:00 PM. Dozens are expected to attend the single-elimination kickball tournament at Gallagher Park on Sunday afternoon.

For more information on the day’s activities, visit bensondays.com.

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