What is ComoFest?
The community of Lake Como Texas has a tradition of coming together to celebrate the 4th of July, with a kickoff block party on the 3rd of July. The block party consisted of blocking off Horne Street which runs directly through the middle of the neighborhood. This day is celebrated as a day of homecoming, as you would see friends and family that you may not have seen since last 3rd of July. This day really gives you a feel of nostalgia of a festive time of years past.
Over the years the narrative of what the 3rd of July represented was changed, in part due to a few bad apples from other neighborhoods. The overwhelming presence of the Fort Worth Police Department on this day began to grow larger every year. The uptick of manpower on foot, in patrol cars, on horseback and in recent years by drone, sent a message to the community that Como could not police itself and this has not gone over well with the residents in years past. So, due to the over policing on the 3rd of July the large block party crowds of the past were no more. In 2020, the year of the Black Lives Matter movement, the police presence was once again not received well by the community and tensions were very high. The residents have trust issues with the police considering the social climate of the past year and their own experiences with police in the past.
The 3rd of July was as important to Como as the 4th of July when the Como Day parade takes place. Realizing that something positive needed to be done, the members of Legacy Lake Como decided to ask the community what they would like to see in the community on the 3rd of July. From the feedback we received from the community and our quest to change the narrative of Como, the idea was to create a safe, family friendly event that could help build a partnership between the community and the Fort Worth Police Department and out of this effort ComoFest was born.
ComoFest is an organized day full of family friendly activities to celebrate the pride of our neighborhood while bridging the generational gap the exists between the young and old. This one-day, 8-hour event, will be held in the heart of the Lake Como Community and will mark the beginning of what we hope to be annual celebratory event and serve as a blueprint for other neighborhoods. ComoFest will include networking opportunities, cultural showcases, great food, good music, plenty of entertainment, a kid zone area as well as local business and food vendors. This is an all-inclusive event so everyone is welcome. We will also play it safe and ensure all Covid-19 preventive measures are in place. So, join us and be apart of making history on July 3rd, 2021.