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By Larry Caballero
Artesia’s official website promoted its 2nd Annual International Street Fair & Diversity Festival that attracted more than 30,000 people by stating, “Cultural diversity not only makes America strong; it makes America fun, colorful, and gives it character. Celebrate American strength and character in the spirit of fun at the colorful International Street Fair & Diversity Festival on October 3.”
Artesia closed down a portion of its downtown on Pioneer Blvd. Between 188th and 183rd Streets from 11 am to 11 pm. The event had a little something for everyone: a Kid Zone, live music and bands, dancing, lots of cultural entertainment, food, arts & crafts, and even a beer garden.
Welcoming everyone to the event was Artesia Mayor Miguel Canales who promised that everyone will have an enjoyable day and to be prepared for next year when the Festival will be a two-day event.
Children enjoyed getting close and personal with a variety of fun-loving animals at the petting zoo or by riding on a pony.
A big hit last year and again this year were the exciting performances such as the Chinese lion and dragon dancers, Taiko dojo drummers, Indian dancers, Mariachi bands, Ballet Folklorico, Southeast Asian dances (Vietnam, Laos), and many more.
On the southern end of the Festival was another stage, where some of LA County’s most talented musicians performed including the old-school blues of Los Blues Junkies, the funk/rock/blues fusion of The Bone Masons, and the popular cover songs of the 562 Band.
Food is what sets the Artesia’s Diversity Festival apart from many who have attempted such events in the past, and guests were not disappointed. More than 40 food vendors participated and served Chinese, Mexican, Filipino, Korean, Italian, Indian, Pakistani, Himalayan, and good old- fashioned smoked barbecue.
There was also a Beer Garden where customers didn’t have to stay inside a restricted area to enjoy a brew and the festival’s many sights.
Artesia provided a free shuttle service to make it easy for people to park and move around the Festival more easily.
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