As changes are being made to Riverbend, officials at the Bessie Smith Cultural Center say changes are happening to the strut as well. 

The cultural center tweeted Friday afternoon that there will not be a Bessie Smith Strut this year.

Instead, the cultural center is partnering with the Mary Walker Foundation for a brand new event. The Chattanooga Big 9 Roots Festival will take place on Saturday, October 5.

The event will be a free day-long street festival.

Channel 3 will keep you updated as more details are released.