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A cultural, global feast: The 46th annual Lorain International Festival has begun

By Ingrid Marie Rivera, La Prensa Correspondent

LORAIN (June 16 – June 24, 2012):  Get ready for a sampling of the most luscious ethnic dishes and cherished musical sounds from all over the world: the 46th annual Lorain International Festival has begun.

Lorain's weeklong cultural extravaganza is a unique celebration of the over 70 nationalities that make up the International City.

As the Filipino community is spotlighted this year, this week’s festivities kicked off with the Filipino Spotlight Culture Night on Saturday, June 16. The cultural night featured plenty of food, music and dancing from the Philippines.

Photos from last year’s 46th Lorain International Festival.

The Lorain Lions are this year’s spotlighted organization, celebrating their 90th Anniversary of serving the Lorain community. Stop by the Transportation Center during the festival and learn about their history and their service projects. Free eye screens will also be available.

A pageant takes place on Thursday, June 21, where the 2012 International Festival Queen and her court will be crowned. The 2011 court include: Slovak Queen Kaitlyn Knick, 1st Runner Up Hungarian Princess Sara Andrews, 2nd Runner Up Italian Princess Chloe DeAngelis and 3rd Runner Up Italian Princess Hannah Congelio.

Celebrating great diversity, The Lorain International Festival and Bazaar runs from Friday, June 22 to Sunday June 24.

Taste over 100 delicious ethnic foods from Eastern to Western Cuisine, and sample your way around the world. Among the booths will be Italian, Macedonian, Russian, Chinese, Mexican, Dutch, Mediterranean, Puerto Rican, Polish, Greek, African, Vietnamese, Romanian, Hungarian, Filipino, and more!

From bands to ethnic musical dance performances, live entertainment will take place all weekend long. Entertainment will include Stadium 11 Band, a premier classic rock act from the ‘70s and ‘80s, on Friday from 8 to 11 p.m., and the Savannah Jack Band, a country music group, on Saturday from 8 to 11p.m.

Souvenirs, jewelry, crafts and clothing will be available in the Transportation Center. Inflatable rides and The Kid’s Café will be available for children.

Sunday, June 24 is the annual Lorain International Festival Parade with step-off at 11:30 a.m. The parade will run from Broadway & West Erie Avenues to the Grandstand at Lorain City Hall.

For more information, visit www.loraininternational.com 

See La Prensa’s video coverage of the 2011 Lorain International Festival where Greeks were spotlighted. Greek dancing continued well into the night last year as seen in the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=40vveGUJCU4


The cultural, global feast will feature:


International Breakfast

Monday, June 18, at 8:00 a.m.

At DeLuca’s Place in the Park

6075 Middle Ridge Road

Entrance fee is $10 per person

For tickets call: 440-288-0712


Outdoor Concert featuring “Soul Station”

Monday, June 18, from 7-9 p.m.

At Veteran’s Park

West Erie & Washington Avenue

Free Admission


Heritage of Sacred Music Concert

Tuesday, June 19, at 7:00 p.m.

At The Lorain Palace Civic Theatre

617 Broadway Avenue

Free Admission


Spotlight on The Lorain Lions

Wednesday, June 20, 5-8 p.m.

Open House at the Black River Transportation Center

Free Eye Screens will be available.

Free Admission


Princess Pageant

Thursday, June 21, 7:00 p.m.

At The Lorain Palace Civic Theatre

617 Broadway Avenue

Admission is $11 per person

For tickets call: 440-320-6556


*The Annual 3 Day Bazaar

Friday, June 22 - Sunday, June 24

At the Black River Landing

421 Black River Lane

Admission is $2 per person, children 12 & under free each day


Royalty Breakfast

Sunday, June 24, at 8:00 a.m.

At DeLuca’s Place in the Park

6075 Middle Ridge Road

Admission is $10 per person

For tickets call: 440-320-6556


Annual International Parade

Sunday, June 24, Step-off is at 11:30 a.m.

Broadway & West Erie Avenues to Grandstand at Lorain City Hall


The Bazaar Days & Hours

At the Black River Landing, just east of Broadway & West Erie Avenue in downtown Lorain.

Friday, June 22, from 5 p.m. until 11p.m.

Saturday, June 23, from noon until 11 p.m.

Sunday, June 24, from noon until 6 p.m.

Admission to the bazaar is $2.00 per person,per day.

Children 12 years & under are free.

Free parking is available adjacent to the bazaar.

There are paved walkways and the site is handicap accessible.


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Revised: 06/19/12 20:14:10 -0700.





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