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CHS Pics | DeafThrive Day in Cal Anderson Park

Sammy Ruiz Jr. performs magic for the crowd

Saturday night, bar patrons around Pike/Pine may not have noticed some of the groups hanging out in neighborhood venues. The sense of revelry and energy wasn’t different at all with their hands busy and fully in the motion of American Sign Language.

The after-parties followed a day of celebration of deaf culture in Cal Anderson as the annual DeafThrive event brought performances and speeches to the park.

With deaf and deaf-friendly organizations on hand to meet attendees and greeters in place to help the non-signing have fun, too, the event was a reminder of the power of gathering the park and the surrounding neighborhood can provide.

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