Parade of Cultures starts on Sept. 2


The Bangladesh community participates in the Parade of Cultures in 2014 during the International Festival of Cultures. This year’s Parade of Cultures will be held on Sept. 2, 2017, in downtown Garapan, Saipan to kick off the 3rd International Festival of Cultures every Saturday night in September. (MVA)

The Parade of Cultures returns on Sept. 2, marking the first night of the Marianas’ Visitors Authority’s 3rd Annual International Festival of Cultures.

The parade, featuring walking groups showcasing their traditional attire from the Pacific and Asia, will begin at 5pm at American Memorial Park and proceed south on Beach Road to the festival grounds at Garapan Fishing Base.

The International Festival of Cultures celebrates the ethnic diversity of the Marianas and will be held every Saturday evening in September beginning on Sept. 2, 2017.

The festival will feature ethnic food, dances, ethnic attires, games, crafts, cultural demonstrations and more.

“The Parade of Cultures is not a long or loud parade, but it is very colorful and vibrant, with our various cultures in the Marianas showing their cultural pride and many fine details of how different cultures adorn themselves,” said MVA Community Projects manager Martin Duenas. “We invite all the community to come out and enjoy the parade and join in the welcoming performances for the event and then take time to learn about the various participating cultures during the festival.”

This year’s festival will feature a new time of 5pm to 9pm. On Sept. 2, parade participants are reminded to assemble at American Memorial Park at 4:30pm.

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 or 664-3210 for more information. (MVA)

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