MAY 9 — Veterans Park at 1 p.m.

Mexican Dancer at 2013 Cultural Diversity Festival
Photo credit: Lawrence Jean-Louis

Grab a chair and head to Royal Palm Beach to enjoy food, fashion, history, arts, entertainment and cultural programs at the 12th Annual Cultural Diversity Day. This free event — coordinated by Caribbean-Americans for Community Involvement (CAFCI) — will take place on Saturday, May 9 from 1 p.m. to sundown at Veterans Park on Royal Palm Beach Blvd.

Entertainment includes the performances by Pan Man Eddie, Volkstanzgruppe German Maypole Dancers; Mi Ma Lion Dancers (Chinese Kung Fu Dancers); Music Create Motivators (MCM), offering a Haitian and Latin mix; Matute Dance, and more.

“It is good for us to learn each other’s culture out there, our foods, our art and our music. We learn to respect each other through learning about different cultures. It’s for us to get to know each other.”

—Elet Cyris, CAFCI cultural director and chair of Cultural Diversity Day

Having attended the event in 2013, it was beautiful to see traditions passed down to the younger generations. There’s a saying that goes, “If you don’t know where you come from, you won’t know where you’re going”.

Nearly one in four Palm Beach County resident is born outside of the US, the majority being from Haiti, Cuba, Mexico, Colombia, Jamaica, Guatemala, Canada, Honduras, Peru and Brazil.

“It’s a melting pot of an event,” community and cultural events superintendent for Royal Palm Beach Carlos Morales said. “We’re trying to promote and really bring different ethnic groups together and share their diversity, as far as music, food, or through arts and crafts, whatever it may be through; we look at it as bringing the community together.”

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