St. Marys is about to experience a very unique event on Saturday, Sept. 17, when the Multicultural Association of Perth-Huron have their first annual Multicultural Festival. The Multicultural Association began in October 2013 as a pilot project of the United Way. The goal was to help newcomers get acclimated to their new surroundings, and take an active role in the community, rather than becoming isolated. Included in the group are African/Canadian, Latinos, Ethiopians, Indigenous/First Nations people and of course the Syrian families who are now living in St. Marys. The Multicultural Festival is a celebration of culture within the St. Marys community. Festivities involve dancers, drummers and singers from different nationalities; as well as, traditional foods and a BBQ. As well, there will be emergency vehicles, such as police, fire and ambulance, for people to “touch” because in many cultures people are “afraid” or do not understand what these vehicles are for.
Vendors will be available and there is a bouncy castle for kids. The Festival hopes to help you and your family reminisce or provide you a new and entertaining experience with other ethnic cultures.
The day promises great fun for everyone in the family and you may even surprise yourself and win a spot dance if you choose to participate in the most enjoyable of experiences. To begin, a local First Nations elder will provide an opening ceremony followed by various dance styles. African-Canadian, Latino and Eastern culture will demonstrate practices and points of interests of their culture. The event promises to enhance our connection to one another while being fun, exciting and enlightening.
Meet us down at the ‘Flats‘ (Milt Dunnell Field) at 70 Water Street, North in St. Marys, Ontario Saturday, Sept. 17, from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm.
If you have any questions, contact Winona Sands at 519-301-7468 or email Multicultural.email@example.com, or call Kim Rogers at Riannas Restaurant 519-284-2400.