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First annual world festival, parade in Charlotte

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traditional attireTanesha Manigo

Looking for something new to do this weekend? Why not start a new tradition by attending the first Annual Charlotte World Parade and Festival happening Saturday, April 21, 2012 from 11 am until 6 pm at Independence Park. This is a free public event.

As the Charlotte area grows in residents from countless upbringings, this festival is an advantageous way to celebrate the cultures and customs from around the globe. More than 30 countries will participate in this multicultural event.

Some of the many features of this new festival are international games, ethnic food, live entertainment, multi-lingual storytelling, and even an international bazaar honoring the wealth of diversity found in the Queen City and abroad. Also included is the Parade of Nations, a walking parade of native dress from Africa, Asia, and Europe. Spectators are also encouraged to wear traditional attire representative of their heritage. The parade takes place in front of the basketball courts at Independence Park. Click here to view the Festival’s Program for other event happenings.

The entire event will be at Independence Park located at 300 Hawthorne Lane, Charlotte, NC, 28263. For more information visit the event’s website. Parking is available in the Student Parking Deck #3 of CPCC Central Campus located at 7th Street and Charlottetowne Avenue. Additional parking is located at Kings College or Elizabeth Traditional Elementary School.

The Charlotte World Parade and Festival is a non-profit organization run by volunteers with its mission “to educate our communities regarding the many cultures in the world. We strive to promote mutual respect and unity among the various people in our area. This festival will encompass the similarities and differences in our music, food, dances and everyday values.”

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