People play basketball during the Carts For Community at Worthington Park in Madison. At this week's Darbo Block Party, there will be a live DJ playing music, a 5-on-5 basketball tournament and food carts. 

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Editor's note: This event has been postponed because of inclement weather. Organizers hope to reschedule for Sept. 15. 

The annual Darbo Block Party, also known as the Darbo Peace Walk and Neighborhood Barbecue, is returning in a major way this Thursday after not happening in 2020.

Will Green is the founder and CEO of Mentoring Positives, which is a local grassroots organization devoted to mentoring youth in one of Madison’s most at-risk neighborhoods, Darbo-Worthington. Green also organizes the party, which will feature good food, live music and a basketball tournament.

The festivities, set to run from 4-8 p.m., are centered around a peace walk that area residents embark on through the Darbo-Worthington neighborhood in a show of solidarity for peace.

Following the peace walk there will be a live DJ playing music, a 5-on-5 basketball tournament and food carts. Some local businesses will be invited to hand out resource information for job seekers.

Green said a partnership with EOTO Culturally Rooted, a community recovery and wellness organization led by Tara Wilhelmi, is helping make the block party pop this year.

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