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Parade of Cultures set for Sept. 20

(MVA) — The Parade of Cultures returns to the Marianas on Sept. 20, 2019, 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 5 p.m. at the Carolinian Affairs Office in Garapan and will proceed north along Beach Road to the festival site at the Paseo de Marianas pedestrian mall.

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The Bangladesh community participates in the Parade of Cultures in 2014  during the International Festival of Cultures in the Marianas.   This year’s Parade of Cultures will be held on Sept. 20, 2019, in downtown Garapan, Saipan, to kick off the 5th International Festival of Cultures on Sept. 20-21 at the Paseo de Marianas pedestrian mall.  MVA photo

The International Festival of Cultures celebrates the ethnic diversity of the Marianas. A soft opening will be held on Sept. 20 from 5 to 10 p.m. with the parade, food sales, cultural demonstrations, and sales of arts and crafts. On Sept. 21 from 5 to 10 p.m., the festival will also 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. “We invite everyone to join us in this annual celebration as we learn about and enjoy the many cultures that live, work, and play in the Marianas.”

Returning to this year’s celebration are the communities of Korea, Japan, Tonga/Fiji/Samoa, the Federated State of Micronesia, the Marshall Islands, China, the Cook Islands/Marquesas/Tahiti, the Marianas, and Bangladesh.

Shuttle transportation will be provided from the American Memorial Park parking lot to the Paseo de Marianas by the Commonwealth Office of Transit Authority.

For more information, contact MVA community projects coordinator Jack Aranda at or 664-3219.