Ethnic Parade and Festival Sunday, Sept. 21

Staff Report

An Ethnic Parade and Festival, celebrating Rockford’s global culture, will begin at 1 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 21. More than 40 cultural groups are expected to participate in the event.

The parade will start downtown on North Wyman and travel down State Street to Seventh Street, ending at the festival grounds at the BMO Harris Bank and Rockford Public School District 205 Administration Building parking area, 501 Seventh St.

The parade will represent the heritage and culture from each group, featuring dancing dragons, bagpipes, ethnic dance troupes, music and more.

The festival will include international cuisine, beer garden, and ethnic arts and crafts. A children’s activity area, along with a climbing wall, bouncy houses, games, storytelling, woodcarvings and more will also be included. A Peace Coalition Shoe Labyrinth display and a Genealogy area will also be part of the festival. Entertainment stages with special guest Dennis Warner (creator of the book and music, Beads on One String), along with performances of cultural dance and music, are also featured.

Posted Sept. 17, 2014

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