The Parade of Cultures returns to the Marianas on Sept. 20 to kick off the first night of the Marianas Visitors Authority’s 5th Annual International Festival of Cultures.
The parade, featuring walking groups showcasing their traditional attire from the Pacific, Asia, and beyond, will begin at 5pm at the Carolinian Affairs Office in Garapan and will proceed north along Beach Road to the festival site at Paseo de Marianas pedestrian mall.
The International Festival of Cultures celebrates the ethnic diversity of the Marianas.
A soft opening will be held on Sept. 20 from 5pm to 10pm with the parade, food sales, cultural demonstrations, and sales of arts and crafts. On Sept. 21 from 5pm to 10pm, the festival will feature live ethnic performances on-stage.
“One of the best qualities of the Marianas community is our rich ethnic diversity, and that’s what the International Festival of Cultures aims to highlight,” said MVA managing director Priscilla M. Iakopo.
Returning to this year’s celebration are the communities of Korea, Japan, Tonga/Fiji/Samoa, Federated State of Micronesia, Marshall Islands, China, Cook Islands/Marquesas/Tahiti, the Marianas, and Bangladesh.
Shuttle transportation will be provided from the American Memorial Park parking lot to Paseo de Marianas by the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority. (PR)