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Parade of Cultures and Two Stages of Performances at World of Montgomery

World of Montgomery Festival

October 20, 2013, 12-5 p.m.; Rain or Shine

Wheaton Plaza parking lot between Metro and JCPenney, 11160 Veirs Mill Road, Wheaton-Glemont

Admission: Free

Contact for the Public:

Phone: 301.660.7418

The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates the diverse cultural heritages that play an active role in the lives of area residents. The festival showcases this rich diversity through food, music, dance, traditional arts and hands-on projects for children and families. The exhibits include culturally authentic arts demonstrations and activities aimed at promoting international and multi-cultural awareness.

Explore the World in your Backyard - This year’s festival focuses on the “Essentials of Life” focusing on food, water, culture and community service – the essential resources and common bonds we share across communities globally. Montgomery County is a modern-day global village, with one third of the population born outside of the United States. The diversity of the DC area enriches the lives of our children and helps them to become a successful 21st global citizen. The World of Montgomery Festival celebrates this stunning diversity and invites you and your family to learn more about the many wonderful cultures that surround us every day.

Parade of Cultures and Performances on Two Stages:

• A Parade of Cultures will showcase dancers and musicians in native dress from a wide variety of international backgrounds at 1:30 pm.
• There are two performance stages featuring traditional and non-traditional cultural performances including Drum Call, a ten piece, rhythmic African dance and drumming troupe led by Master drummaker Baile McKnight, a dragon dance team from the Chinese Culture and Community Service Center, Banda Al Pulgarcito a Cachiporristas group, Bollywood, Kuchipudi, Bharata Natyam and other forms of Indian Dance, and so much more.

Parking and Metro Access: Free parking is available nearby. Participants may also take the Metro to the Wheaton station, which is located two blocks away from the festival grounds.

Sponsors: The event sponsors include Fund for Montgomery, Montgomery County, Westfield Wheaton, WSSC, Safeway, Southern Management Corporation, Washington Property Company, Bozzutto, Stonebridge, ABC7, News Channel 8, WTOP, The Washington Post, Fenton Street Market, The Gazette, Comcast, Wheaton Urban District, Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, Montgomery College, Choice Hotels International, and Washington Property Company. The organizers are Fund for Montgomery and KID Museum.

Fund for Montgomery sponsors include: Adventist HealthCare, Ana G. Mendez University, Barwood Transportation, BioHealth Innovations, Carl M. Freeman Foundation, Choice Hotels, Comcast, Corporate Volunteer Council, County Executive Ike Leggett, Covanta Energy, Fitzgerald Auto Malls, Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington, Johns Hopkins University, Lerch, Early & Brewer, Chtd, Mid-Atlantic Petroleum Properties, Montgomery College, Montgomery County Muslim Foundation, RAFFA, P.C., Safeway, SG Enterprise/Sol Graham, Soltesz Associates, Southern Management Corporation, The Community Foundation for Montgomery County, The Gazette, The Sanford and Doris Slavin Foundation, Universities at Shady Grove, Verizon, and Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission.

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Media Contacts: Keith Haller at 301.656.6217,

Cara Lesser at KID Museum at 301.346.8779,


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