Vision & Mission
Jesus in the City / Festival of Praise International was established in 1999 as a non-profit community network, cooperating with churches and organizations to spread the Word of God through music, dance, theatre, the visual arts and to develop programs to meet spiritual and social needs.
On September 11, 1999 the first parade was launched in Toronto, celebrating 2000 years of Jesus Christ and recognizing the new millennium. It featured all the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation with live Gospel music, floats, costumes, banners and flags. Public and media response was favorable, and the Mayor of Toronto issued a proclamation.
Since then Jesus in the City has sponsored a number of public events including worship conferences, symposiums and Gospel Festivals.
In 2016 the Jesus in the City Parade was launched internationally in the Caribbean on the island of Grenada and in 2018 on the island of Jamaica.
Future projects include art scholarships for disenfranchised youth and a Creative Arts Institute equipping artists in Worship, Music, Theater, Design and the Visual Arts.
ABOUT THE JESUS IN THE CITY PARADE
The Jesus in the City Parade is a live musical street pageant of worshipers and paraders costumed as biblical characters opening the Bible through the arts and worship. Thousands enthusiastically celebrate and worship on the streets once a year at the Jesus in the City Parade. Floats staging live bands and choirs move along downtown streets. Banners of the books of the Bible from Genesis to Revelation are raised as participants wearing colorful parade T-shirts sing and dance spreading the message of the Gospel through music, the arts and culture.
Rev. Ayanna Solomon is Founder and President of Jesus in the City / Festival of Praise International, sponsor of the Annual Jesus in the City Parade. She was born in Toronto, Canada and has ministered in nations in the Caribbean, South America and Africa.
Immediately after graduating from Bible College she established a Bible Institute in the West Indies, where she worked as a missionary for three years. In 1999 she founded Festival of Praise International and organized the Annual Jesus in the City Parade in downtown Toronto.
She has served as Worship Pastor in churches in Toronto, St. Kitts and Atlanta. Her vision is to network with churches and organizations to further God's kingdom by communicating the Word of God through music, the arts and culture and to also train and mobilize individuals to reach their full potential, purpose and destiny.
As part of her ongoing ministry, Ayanna conducts Praise & Worship seminars and teaches on Leadership, Discovering Your Purpose and Ministry Gifts among other subjects. She has been ordained under the Open Bible Faith Fellowship since 1998.
Rev. Ayanna honours the memory and mentorship of her mother Myrtle Solomon (August 29, 1947 - May 19, 2009) and the support of her brother Obi Solomon (October 3, 1970 to September 29, 2014) who both helped carry this vision before their transition to heaven.
Myrtle Solomon Co-founder of Festival of Praise
(August 29, 1947 to May 19, 2009)
Her contributions to the furtherance of God's Kingdom
will forever be remembered