January 6, 2006

Eighth Annual San Diego Multicultural Festival Celebrates Cultural Diversity

San Diego’s cultural diversity will again be celebrated at the Eighth Annual San Diego Multicultural Festival on Saturday, January 14, 2006. The free event will feature a variety of food, entertainment and fun for the entire family. The festival takes place from 11:00 a.m. — 5:00 p.m. coinciding with the Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade, and will be held on the Martin Luther King Jr. Promenade on the north side of Harbor Drive between Market Street and Fourth Avenue, across from the San Diego Convention Center.

“CCDC takes great pride in organizing this annual event celebrating San Diego’s cultural diversity,” said Nancy Graham, Centre City Development Corporation (CCDC) president. “Each year the festival grows, building on the success of years past and bringing together people representing the entire spectrum of the San Diego community.”

The popular festival regularly draws several thousand people, and this year, 20,000-25,000 people are expected to attend. A variety of activities will enliven the festival, including three stages featuring performers of various cultural orientations, international storytellers, plus food and merchandise vendors and representatives from local community organizations.

The Children’s Museum/San Diego Museo de los Niños, together with the Balboa Park Cultural Partnership, the San Diego Museum of Art and the Rad Hatter, will oversee an interactive children’s area offering art activities and entertainment.

On the two major stages throughout the day, enjoy the sounds and dances of San Diego’s diverse cultures: West African; Salsa; Japanese Tyko Drumers; Zydeco – Cajun; Hip-Hop; Native American; Puerto Rican Folkloric; Cambodian; Traditional Western; Hispanic; Afro-Cuban; Filipino; and more.

A first for 2006, festival-goers will enjoy a third stage, located in the Children’s Park where international storytellers will engage the audience in stories from West Africa, Scotland, Native America, Latin America and Asia. Additionally, some of San Diego’s International Sister Cities will be represented in the same area, including Taichung, China, Edinburgh, Scotland and others.

Attendees are encouraged to take the San Diego Trolley (Convention Center stop) or park at the new Sixth and K Parkade (Sixth Avenue and Market Street). For additional festival information, visit www.ccdc.com or call (619) 235-2222.

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