Celebrating different cultures is essential for promoting diversity and understanding. When people actively participate in cultural celebrations, they gain insight into the values, beliefs, and traditions of others. This helps to break down barriers and foster a sense of unity in the community. By actively engaging in cultural events, individuals can learn to appreciate and embrace the differences that make each culture unique. This, in turn, helps to build a more inclusive and tolerant community where everyone feels valued and respected.
The first event in the Living the Culture series, “Taste of Ethnicity,” is taking place Saturday, May 20, 2023, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., on the 600 Block of Cleveland Street, Downtown Clearwater.
Throughout the day, the event will feature various cultural cuisine offerings, amazing performances and other vendors for everyone to explore and enjoy. The event is free to attend, and free parking is available throughout Downtown Clearwater.
The city of Clearwater is launching an events series called “Living the Culture” which will celebrate the beauty of cultural diversity and promote the value of embracing living together in harmony.
This inaugural culture festival, hosted in collaboration with the city’s Office of Diversity and Equity Services and the Community Redevelopment Agency, will be held annually to commemorate World Diversity Day.
Our goal is to celebrate the vast array of cultures and heritages represented in Clearwater through art, food, and performances, and to bring awareness, education and family fun to Downtown Clearwater.
The event will begin with a short foot parade from East Avenue to Garden Avenue and promises to celebrate and showcase all cultures. Throughout the day, the event will feature various cultural cuisine offerings, amazing performances, a world of art displays and other vendors for everyone to explore and enjoy.
The “Living the Culture” series will continue with events in June to celebrate Pride and Juneteenth, and in September to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month.
Living the Culture: Taste of Ethnicity is free to attend, and free parking is available throughout Downtown Clearwater.
Schedule of Events
Event Begins at 11 a.m.
Parade: 11:15 – 11:30 a.m.
Opening Ceremony: 11:30 – 11:45 a.m.
12 noon – 12:45 p.m.: Drum Circle – Everyone is invited to participate!
1 – 1:30 p.m.: Tampa Bay Highland Dancers
1:45 – 2:15 p.m.: Suncoast Association of Chinese Americans, Chinese Traditional Dance – Snow Plateau and Chinese Classical Dress Show
2:30 – 3 p.m.: Chivo las Chiknas
3:15 – 6 p.m.: Undercover Rasta Reggae Band
Station Square Park Stage
11:45 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.: Centro Cristiano El Shaddai
12:30 – 1 p.m.: Family Zumba
1:10 – 1:20 p.m.: Hella Dancers
1:30 – 2 p.m.: Ballet Folklorico Raices De Mexico
2:10 – 2:40 p.m.: Spoken Word Poetry – GrowHouse Tampa
2:50 – 3:05 p.m.: Shihan School of Karate/Ju-Jitsu
3:10 – 3:40 p.m.: Grupo Folklorico Sones De Mexico
3:50 – 4:10 p.m.: Mahetzi – Folklore Group
For more information, visit MyClearwater.com/LivingtheCulture.
Facebook event page: www.facebook.com/events/1259310748126883?ref=newsfeed
Information courtesy of The City of Clearwater
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