East Atlanta Village's favorite block party — the Strut — returns for the 15th year on Sept. 15.
The annual festival, with its signature 2 p.m. Strut parade down Glenwood Avenue, is a chance for the neighborhood to showcase the EAV.
Taking place in the heart of the Village at Glenwood and Flat Shoals avenues, the East Atlanta Strut, which runs from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. will feature five stages of live music, community booths, artists' market and kids village.
More than just a party, the Strut aims to promote the businesses in the Village as well as the organizations that contribute toward making the EAV not just a neighborhood, but also a community.
It's that sense of community that makes it such an appealing neighborhood, said Lewis Cartee, president of the East Atlanta Community Association.
What we know as East Atlanta, traces its beginnings to the early 1800s, with Flat Shoals Avenue, the main thoroughfare, serving as the trade route for Native American tribes of the region.
Forced expulsion of the native peoples gave way to farmland, grain and lumber mills.
In the 1860s, with the nation embroiled in the Civil War, East Atlanta was the backdrop for the , which felled 12,000 Confederate and Union troops, and may have been the turning point in the North winning the war.
By the turn of the 20th century, East Atlanta was its own town, though unincorporated.
The desire for fire protection, public schools, water and sewer services led to residents voting to have their community annexed into the city limits of Atlanta by 1915.