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Girls dressed in Norwegian garb in 1997 parade
Two girls in traditional garb represent Norway in the Parade of Nations Photo: Colette Fu

Local Colors, City of Roanoke

A year-round celebration of cultural awareness in Roanoke that recognizes and embraces people of diverse origins, races, and ethnic backgrounds. The event culminates annually in the spring with a festive day of sharing and learning through music, arts, crafts, storytelling, food, an international fashion show, language, and goodwill.

The celebration began in 1990, as a means to draw people to the downtown area, and was sponsored by Downtown Roanoke, Inc. and The Roanoke Times. Featuring only four cultures in 1990, the festival has grown such that in the year 2000 immigrants representing fifty-two countries will participate. Project materials include news clippings, photographs, a videotape, and a report.

Originally submitted by: Bob Goodlatte, Representative (6th District).

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The Local Legacies project provides a "snapshot" of American Culture as it was expressed in spring of 2000. Consequently, it is not being updated with new or revised information with the exception of "Related Website" links.

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