Community working to revitalize Eastex Jensen Area

Last year’s parade floats travelled down Jensen Blvd.
Last year’s parade floats travelled down Jensen Blvd.

Parade Marshals Mattress Mack & Jerry Davis

When communities struggle, whatever the cause, a unique opportunity exists to bring people together and focus on working for the benefit of the community. The Houston Northeast CDC and Jensen Jubilee Committee are committed to seizing this opportunity to help to rebuild a resilient community in the Eastex/Jensen area. On Saturday, October 20, 2018, the organizations will host their 5th Annual Jensen Jubilee Parade & Festival.

Jim “Mattress Mack” McIngvale, and City Council Member Jerry Davis (District B), will serve as Grand Marshalls for the parade starting at 10:00 am proceeding from 2800 Trout Street to 9001 Jensen Drive, where the Community Festival will take place immediately following the parade.

The purpose of the Jensen Jubilee project, which launched from strategic planning meetings to clean-up the area, is to promote sustainable revitalization through residential, commercial and economic development, historic preservation and the empowerment of our neighborhoods.

Some of the successes of the Jensen Jubilee collaborative include partnerships with residents, schools, churches, businesses, and public officials; providing scholarships to area high school students; hosting town hall and specialized meetings; organizing community clean-ups; and the opening of UT Physicians Community Health and Wellness Center Jensen. This shows that together with great partnerships and hard work, we are able to not just revitalize our community but also to rebuild it, says Pastor David Smith, president of the Houston Northeast CDC. The very fact that there is a coming together within the community is a huge step forward. The Houston Northeast CDC & The Jensen Jubilee Committee is grateful to all the partners who provide their time, expertise, and the perspective necessary to maintain the momentum and relevance in the community.

The Parade & Festival serve as the premium fundraiser to be able to offer the community services provided through the Jensen Jubilee collaborative.

Festivities will begin with the Jensen Jubilee Parade on Oct. 20th, of which the community is invited to come and enjoy at 10:00am.

After the parade, the Festival will kick off with music, kid’s zone and participation of over 30 service providers and vendors.

Introduction of King & Queen at last year’s Jensen Jubilee.

The Houston Northeast CDC & The Jensen Jubilee Committee looks forward to connecting the Eastex/ Jensen residents to organizations like The Houston Food Bank who will have a mobile food pantry on site. The Houston Fire Department, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Mi Tienda, UT Physicians and many others will participate in the 2018 Jensen Jubilee Parade and Festival and will share information and resources with the residents.

There will also be food vendors from King Coney’s All Beef Coney Island & Carrot Vegan Hot Dogs, Nachos, Chips and drinks, to EaDeaux’s Cocina’s tacos, nachos, gumbo, po’boys, boudin and crawfish etouffee! Not only that, for your sweet tooth, A&K Cake Shop will be selling delicious pastries. If you haven’t tried any of these businesses, come out and see what you’ve been missing.

Bring your kids out to the Kids Zone. We think about all of our residents. Let them burn some energy in the bounce house, or ride the trackless train. There will also be face painting and a photo booth to engage our younger residents.

While you enjoy the food, kid’s zone, and connect to others, you can enjoy the Patrick Henry Mariachi Band, Sam Houston JROTC, Lucas King, Dance the Dream Studio, Grace & Mercy Mime & Dance Ministry, Michael Berry aka Mike B & Yes Prep Dancers!

Bring your entire family out to the Parade and Festival. The event is free and open to the public.

For information, please call (713) 697-0933.