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The ninth annual World Fest was held on Saturday, May 21. Town Square Park was decorated with flags from around the world to welcome over 1600 attendees. The event kicked off with the sound of an air horn and a Chinese Lion leading a procession from City Hall to the main stage. The lion was followed by 12 students, many international exchange students, carrying flags representing their country. The CAAM Chinese Dance Theatre presented several beautiful dances in traditional costuming. Performances by Ketzal Coatlicue Aztec Dance, Dolina Polish Dancers, Sansei Yonsei Kai and Harisen Daiku Drummers completed the first half of the entertainment. QC Dance studio performed an energizing American tribute in red, white, and blue sparkling costumes. Following them was the Native Pride Dancers celebrating the Native American culture of the Midwest. The final act of the day was the Chini Latin Dancers performing a variety of Latin dances which involved getting dozens of audience members on stage to participate.
In addition to the entertainment, participants meandered along the sidewalk learning about Cameroon, China, Japan, and many other cultures represented in the Blaine area. Free facepainting, crafts, and children’s games kept the crowd entertained in between performances.
The highlight of the event was the row of food laid out in front of City Hall. Eleven food vendors handed out samples of their ethnic specialties including: tacos from Acapulco, chips and salsa from Chili’s, a variety of pizza from Broadway Pizza and Umbria, nachos from San Jose, Asian specialties from Kintaro and New China, ice cream from Big Dipper, gyros from Empire Grill, moist bundt cake from Nothing Bundt Cakes, and lefse from the Sons of Norway.
The 10th Annual World Fest will be held on May 20, 2017.