On Sunday, Feb. 23, the Maryland Heights Centre will become a melting pot of world cultures at the annual “Celebrate the World: An International Festival.” Now in its 13th year, the festival draws thousands of visitors from around the region for an afternoon of music, dance, crafts, food and more.
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The event is free and offers activities and entertainment for all ages.
The event kicks off at noon with the “Parade of Nations” opening ceremony led by local scout troops and country representatives. Two stages will feature live music and dance from around the globe from noon to 5 p.m. Several artisans will be on hand to demonstrate their crafts, including ice sculpture, henna and wood carving. The festival will also offer an international marketplace, where vendors representing a number of different nations will sell jewelry, crafts, artwork and other items.
Ranken Jordan Pediatric Specialty Hospital, Saint Louis Art Museum and the St. Louis County Library will host special activities for youngsters and their parents in the children’s area. And of course, the day wouldn’t be complete without the delectable culinary delights of the “Taste of the World” refreshment area. Be sure to bring a few dollars to sample dishes from Argentina, Brazil, the Middle East, Nigeria and more.
Sponsors for this year’s International Festival include the Maryland Heights Cultural Arts Commission and Missouri Arts Council.
Volunteers are still needed for the festival; please call Alicia Gay at (314) 738-2541 to find out more about how you can be involved. A complete performance schedule and vendor listing will be available soon at http://www.marylandheights.com.
For additional information, please contact Communications Manager Sara Berry at (314) 738-2204.
About the Maryland Heights Convention and Visitors Bureau:
Maryland Heights is centrally located in St. Louis County and easily accessible from Interstate I-270 and I-70. If you choose St. Louis as your destination, we are happy to provide you with more information about things to do near Maryland Heights, MO. Please feel free to contact us at 314- 548- 6052, toll free at 1- 888- MORE2DO or via e-mail at laura(at)mhcvb(dot)com. Visit us at http://www.More2Do.org for more information about where to stay, what to see, where to eat and where to play during your visit to Maryland Heights.