Labor Day weekend, September 2-5, Louisville, Ky. celebrated its 14th annual WorldFest. It is the area’s prominent international festival, which brings various cultures together and celebrates the differences that make them unique. WorldFest is a way for individuals to leave the comfort of what is known and embrace the unknown. It’s an opportunity to experience Germany, Greece, or wherever without having to spend loads of money on a plane ticket.
On Saturday, September 3, 2016, Locals strutted their stuff in the Parade of Cultures. The parade stared behind Metro Hall (527 W. Jefferson) and travel northbound on 5th across Main and Market streets and up the Belvedere. The parade gave people of different ethnicities a way to embrace their heritage and share it with those of dissimilar ones. All groups were encouraged to wear the traditional outfit of their native country.
People come from all over to attend WorldFest, not only to absorb different cultures but to indulge in ethnic food! The festival offers diverse foods from round the world. It gives people an opportunity to taste food they have never heard of nor imagined they would get a chance to. Vendors that participated ranged from Ethiopian to Nigerian, from Cuban to Puerto Rican, or Thai to Cambodian. The festival was also a great occasion for smaller, not well-known businesses to advertise what they have to offer.
The entertainment at the parade was wide-ranging. There were two stages (main stage and fountain stage) that hosted different events. The main stage presented different genre of multiple bands, while the fountain stage showcased traditional dances.
When you have all there is to do and you have eaten your pineapple ice cream, there are souvenir stands! Each shop sells trinkets or clothing that is personal to their own culture. There were Native American stands selling dream catchers, Africans shops selling dashikis, and much more.