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Celebrating homelands

Second annual cultural festival held at St. David School

DAVIE | Students and parents from more than a dozen nations took part in the second annual culture festival at St. David School, part of their Catholic Schools Week celebration.

The Jan. 28, 2024, festival took place at the school's sheltered Activity Center following the church's 10 a.m. Mass. About 250 students, parents, friends and family members attended.

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They first visited a welcome table to get “passports” to the festival. Once inside, they visited exhibits decorated with maps, pamphlets, factsheets and artifacts of the lands. At each table, a representative added a small round sticker to each passport.

Included were such diverse countries as Ghana, Bolivia, Japan, Jamaica, Ecuador and El Salvador. Students and their parents alike dressed in indigenous garb.

Entertainment included Polynesian and Panamanian dance companies, plus members of the South Florida Cloggers.

Three food trucks – serving the likes of gyros, meatballs and barbecue ribs – added a literally international flavor to the event. A fourth truck sold ice cream for dessert.

The three-hour festival wrapped up with a Parade of Flags, with children marching twice around the shelter waving small flags of their homelands.