International Parade of Cultures this Saturday

In this file photo, Bangladesh and other ethnic cuisine is served at the International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 3, 2016. The 3rd Annual International Festival of Cultures will begin on Sept. 9, 2017, at Garapan Fishing Base and continue every Saturday throughout the month. (MVA)

The opening of the 3rd Annual International Festival of Cultures, postponed from last Saturday, Sept. 2, due to inclement weather, will be held this Saturday, Sept. 9.

The festival will kick off with the Parade of Cultures at a new time of 4:30pm on Beach Road through downtown Garapan from the American Memorial Park to the festival grounds, followed by an ethnic attire fashion show on stage.

Entertainment will continue onstage with the Chamorro community at 5:30pm, the Chuukese and Pohnpeian community at 6:30pm, the Chinese community at 6:45pm, the Korean community at 7pm, the Palauan community at 7:15pm, the Bangladeshi community at 7:45pm, the Chamorro community at 8pm, and Refaluwasch community at 8:30pm.

The festival, organized by the Marianas Visitors Authority, will have four remaining Saturdays during September and is scheduled from 5pm to 9pm at the Garapan Fishing Base.

Festivities will include ethnic food, hands-on cultural demonstrations, games, ethnic attire, arts and crafts, and more.

This Saturday’s festivities will also include demonstrations of traditional uumw (ground oven).

“We’re looking forward to finally opening up the International Festival of Cultures this weekend and look forward to welcoming both visitors and residents to this incredible event celebrating our cultural diversity here in the Marianas,” said MVA managing director Christopher A. Concepcion. “We plan to jazz up our venue this year with a photo worthy grand entrance, hanging light fixtures, decorations featuring natural materials, and much more. It will be a sight to see.”

Slated to participate in the festival are the communities of Korea, China, Japan, Chamorro, Carolinian, Samoa, Fiji, Tonga, Hawaii, Marshall Islands, Palau, Bangladesh, and the Philippines. For more information, contact MVA Community Projects coordinator Janerlinse Seman Sablan at jsablan@mymarianas.com or 664-3210. (MVA)

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