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Celebrating the USA -- and much more

Thursday, June 9, 2011

David Carrera, left, meets with Francisco Riofrio, consul general at the Ecuadorian consulate in Atlanta, to discuss plans for "Celebrate USA 2011," a July 2 festival in Shelbyville which will celebrate patriotism, diversity and faith.
(Submitted photo)
The City of Shelbyville cancelled the annual Independence Day fireworks display at H.V. Griffin Park due to budget constraints, but local minister David Carrera hopes to provide another fun holiday weekend activity: "Celebrate USA 2011," a cultural festival that will celebrate not only American patriotism and independence but also the various cultures that contribute to America's diversity.

Carrera, pastor of Beth Sar Shalom Ministries, has been in contact with the Atlanta consulates of Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador and Ecuador and is lining up performances and demonstrations for the festival, which will be held 11 a.m. until 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 2 at H.V. Griffin Park.

Carrera said he's been promised by the Mexican consul that Mexico's performance, which will anchor the day's schedule at 6 p.m., will be something impressive and unforgettable.

The event will also feature inflatables, concessions, and hourly prayers for the nation. The American flags which are normally displayed at the park for Independence Day will be placed there, said Carrera.

Gideons International will distribute Bibles at the event, said Carrera.

Carrera can be reached for more information about the event at 680-9777 or 703-9103.