Local Colors To Feature Poland

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The children dancers from Mexico were especially colorful in last years parade.
The children dancers from Mexico were especially colorful in last years parade.

Roanoke’s annual Local Colors Festival is just around the corner – taking place Saturday May 19 in Elmwood Park, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. This year’s multicultural offerings will also include gospel music and ballet.

This year, Local Colors will celebrate Poland as its featured country – one of 90 countries and cultures that participate year after year.

2012’s dignitaries include: Senator John Edwards, Delegate Onzlee Ware and Vice Mayor Dave Trinkle; City Council members Sherman Lea, Anita Price, Bill Bestpitch, Court Rosen and Ray Ferris and Roanoke City Manager Chris Morrill. Emcees for this year will include WFIR’s Bob Clark, WDBJ-7’s Brent Watts, Holanni Davis and Chris Hurst and Big Lick Conspiracy’s Ross Laguzza.

Booths will be set up on Jefferson Street and Bullitt Avenue and admission is free.

The day begins with the Parade of Nations, and performances will include: Michas Polish Folk Dance Troupe at 12 noon and 3 p.m., with audience participation. Non-stop dance and music from Sudan, Mexico, South Korea, Nepal, India, Philippines, Ireland, Turkey, Syria, Ukraine, China, France, Brazil, Egypt, Germany and Haiti. Also performing this year: the Roanoke Ballet Theatre, the Patrick Henry High School Gospel Choir and St. Gerard’s Choir.

Everyone’s favorites will be in abundance: International food, merchandise and exhibits. A children’s area will include face-painting, a caricature artist, Polish crafts and more. The annual closing ceremony invites everyone to sing songs of goodwill.

For more information visit localcolors.org.