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Celebrating diversity: Lacey Parks hosts cultural festival

The Lacey Cultural Celebration will bring people together to celebrate different cultures through food, music, dance and art. Photo credit: Lacey Parks Culture and Recreation

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Lacey Parks Culture and Recreation in collaboration with local community organizations are set to host a vibrant cultural festival, showcasing the rich tapestry of diversity within the region. This year's Lacey Cultural Celebration, presented by Twin Star Credit Union, will be held Saturday, March 9 from 10 a.m. to 6 Saint Martin's University. The festival will bring together people from various backgrounds to celebrate and honor different cultures through food, music, dance, and art.

The festival serves as a platform for cultural exchange and appreciation, fostering unity and understanding among attendees. 

This year's celebration will be bigger than ever and guests will have the opportunity to savor the sights and sounds of the world without leaving Lacey. Learn about various world traditions through demonstrations and displays. Attendees will have the opportunity to tantalize their taste buds with various flavors and traditional dishes offered by vendors representing cuisines from around the world.

Food vendors included in this year's celebration include: Breakthrough Huli Huli chicken, Bulgogi Hustle, Character Cotton Candy, Cinco de Mayo Fruits & More, Egg Roll Hut, Funnel of Love, Olympic Concessions & Catering, Organic Juice Bar & Gyros, Puddin Cakz, River Ridge Band Boosters Kettle Corn and Taqueria la Esquinita.

Music and dance performances will add another layer of excitement to the festival as attendees will have the opportunity to enjoy music and dance presentations by local and regional performing arts groups. A robust musical lineup awaits attendees: 

10:00 a.m. - The Olympia Peace Choir

10:30 a.m. - Olympia Indian Girls

11:00 a.m. - Troupe Rashaad

11:30 a.m. - AlaPadma

12:00 p.m. - Mak Fai Lion Dancers

12:30 p.m. - River Ridge Taiko Ensemble

1:00 p.m. - India South Sound Association

1:30 p.m. - Mas Uda Dancers

2:00 p.m. - Hula Halau ‘O Keala'akua Naniloa Mana'oakamai

2:30 p.m. - U.S. Martial Arts Center

3:00 p.m. - Haley Prendergast Irish Dancers

3:30 p.m. - Celtic Treble

4:00 p.m. - Rainier Riff

4:30 p.m. - South Bay Elementary Choir

5:00 p.m. - Olympia Highlanders Pipes & Drums

5:30 p.m. - Alaska Kuteeyaa Dancers

The Lacey Cultural Celebration is designed for the entire family with hands on activities for kids. Need to step away from the event for a moment? The Sensory Recovery Area provides a quiet, low light environment with soft seating and visual aids to assist in sensory regulation. Open to visitors of all ages, the Sensory Recovery Area will benefit anyone who's event participation is improved by having the opportunity to take some time away. 

This event is a free community event with the only cost to attendees being support of the vendors. To learn more about the Lacey Cultural Celebration visit  

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