Local Colors Delights Thousands

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Mayor David Bowers is surrounded by local representatives of many countries during last week’s Local Colors Parade.
Mayor David Bowers is surrounded by local representatives of many countries during last week’s Local Colors Parade.

by Gene Marrano

the Parade of Nations, ethnic food vendors, music and dancing from some of the 70-plus countries involved – Local Colors returned to Elmwood Park last Saturday for a day of diversity. The annual showcase of Roanoke’s wide ethnic roots, founder Pearl Fu was on hand as well, posing for pictures and waving from the stage.

Performers came from the featured country, Poland, and from Germany, the Philippines, Mexico, the Ukraine, South Korea, India, Egypt, North and South Sudan, Brazil, Ireland, Nepal, China, England, the United States, Kenya, Tanzania, etc.

“I would like to remind everyone that Local Colors is an organization that goes beyond just the festival,” said Fu after the event. “Our organization works tirelessly throughout the year presenting programs to schools, colleges, businesses and government organizations. We provide advocacy, networking opportunities and conflict resolution for the community. Reach out to someone who is different from you – eat, dance and befriend them.”