Block party (or street party) is a party usually held by the neighborhood to commemorate an event of some kind. A block party can also be held as a fund raiser, a political event, a way to raise awareness of an issue, or to build community spirit.
Mainly people set up tables and chairs with easily preparable and readily available food for the masses. A form of entertainment is usually arranged if it is to commemorate an event. A block, neighborhood to street party can vary in size from fewer than 10 neighbors to well over a thousand people.
In some cases, it is important to get permission from the authorities to hold a party.
If you are planning to hold a street party, some considerations should be taken into account:
- number of people attending
- types of food and drinks
- amount of food needed
It would help to go around the neighborhood asking neighbors if they wish to help as holding a block party alone is to big of a task to take on.
Larger block parties may require security and legal considerations. For instance, in large cities, a block party may involve getting permission to block the street to vehicular traffic or involve enough people that the police may want to provide some presence.
There's a 2005 movie called Block Party.
- Beaumont Neighbors, a neighborhood association in Beaumont, Texas, has advice on How to Organize a Block Party