City’s diversity to be on display at festival

NASHUA – As Nashua prides itself in being a “Welcoming City,” it is only fitting the second annual Multicultural Festival will be building on last year’s success.

Organizers from the Mayor’s Office and the Nashua Multicultural Festival Planning Committee said, last year, the festival saw close to 400 individuals enjoy the many tastes, fashions, and music on display at St. Patrick’s Gym.

The event, which will take place at the gym from 1-5 p.m. Sunday, organizers say the festival seems to be outgrowing the venue.

“We have like over 1,300 people interested at this point,” committee’s Chairperson Cecilia Ulibarri said. “We’re real excited that it’s growing, and we had to cut of vendor registration because there just wasn’t enough space.”

As a day of celebration, the city and event organizers are hoping to show the community just how diverse and welcoming Nashua continues to be, while reveling in the many different cultures surround the city and its residents.

“This festival celebrates Nashua’s identity as an inclusive city, a welcoming place with residents representing many different cultures,” Mayor Jim Donchess said.

Ulibarri echoed the mayor’s sentiments on Thursday, while expressing how excited she and other organizers are to see all the different cultures gathered together in celebration.

“I think we have some really amazing representation of the diversity throughout the city, and having all those cultures under one roof, that is the thing that is most exciting for me,” Ulibarri said. “Having this celebration with all of the community and cultures throughout the city, and to celebrate what this city has to offer.”

With many different types of performances scheduled throughout the event, including Colombian dancing, Japanese drumming, Irish step-dancing, as well as Roger L’Heureux playing the French accordion and Dominican singer Denny Montes delighting guests while performing, festival attendees will enjoy a variety of cultural entertainment.

Along with the entertainment, Ulibarri said there will be a wide variety of ethnic food available; cuisines including Lebanese, Mexican, Vietnamese, Brazilian, Italian, Colombian and more.

“We have some pretty cool foods; we will have food samples from 13 different restaurants, while supplies last,” Ulibarri said.

“Last year we had extra,” she continued. “We planned for it to last all day, but we’re not sure – with the amount of people we’re expecting – that it is going to last.”

Ulibarri said she is thankful for all the sponsors who have helped to make this year’s festival a reality.

“We wouldn’t be able to pull off an event like this without the funding support from our sponsors,” she said.

Those interested in the event looking for more information can visit the festival’s Facebook page, www.facebook.com/events/514812689291138/, or the event’s page the city’s website, www.nashuanh.gov/1237/Nashua-Multicultural-Festival.

Mathew Plamondon may be reached at 594-1244, or at mplamondon@nashuatelegraph.com, @telegraph_MatP.