The Rhode Island Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission partners with the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts (RISCA), Hispanic Heritage Committee of Rhode Island and Welcoming Rhode Island, a program of Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island (DIIRI) to celebrate peace, diversity and the rich ethnic cultures in the state of Rhode Island.
The booths have cultural exhibits and display craft demonstrations from all over the world. The food court has a mouth-watering array of traditional foods and drinks. The childrens area has The Peace Flag Project, face painting and arts and crafts.
A parade of international flags representing over 20 countries started off the day. Dancers and musicians from various countries dressed in native and colorful costumes performed Saturday afternoon. Carlos De Leon will close out this family friendly event. Kobi Dennis of NightVision and Angela Sharkey will be the MCs. Cranstons own Mayor Allan Fung will be there to help us celebrate. We will be celebrating the kick-off of National Welcoming Week (September 15-21) and Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15 - October 15).