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Diverse cultures unite for celebration

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

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Police Chief Austin Swing delivered remarks at the opening of the day's events.
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Celebrate USA 2011, a cultural festival which celebrated not only American patriotism and independence but also the various cultures that contribute to America's diversity was held Saturday at H. V. Griffin Park on Saturday.

"We had over 1,000 people attend the event," reports organizer David Carrera, pastor of Beth Sar Shalom Ministries.

Performances and demonstrations by representatives of countries such as Guatemala and Ecuador were featured.

The event is well-regarded for the variety -- and taste -- of foods available. Representative dishes from many nations were prepared and available throughout the day. Local pastors participated in hourly prayers for America, and translation services were available.