Friday, April 27, 2001

Hamilton's Multicultural Celebration gets bigger

By Jenny Callison
Enquirer Contributor

        HAMILTON - This city is doing more than talking about its diverse population. It's throwing a big party so residents can taste, touch, smell and hear the best of various cultures.

        Saturday's 2001 Multicultural Celebration, on the campus of Miami University Hamilton, will showcase the community's increasingly rich cultural mix. Hispanic, African-American, Indian, American Indian, German and Appalachian performers and organizations will share their heritage.

    What: 2001 Multicultural Celebration
    When: Noon to 6 p.m. Saturday
    Where: Courtyard, Miami University Hamilton
    Cost: Admission and parking are free
    Information: 785-7395
        “The purpose of the celebration is to increase awareness, and also respect, of all the cultures and ethnicities that exist within Hamilton and Butler County,” said Maggie Krey, the city's hu man relations coordinator. “We thought it was a fun way to bring people out and educate them, especially children, to all the changes in demographics that Hamilton has been experiencing.”

        It's the second year for the event, which is sponsored by the Hamilton Human Relations Department with planning assistance from Hamilton City Council, Transitional Living, Fitton Center for Creative Arts, Miami University Hamilton, the Archdiocese of Cincinnati's Hispanic Ministry and Neighborhood Housing Services of Hamilton.

        The first such celebration last year won raves from attendees and organizers.

        It was moved to a larger outdoor courtyard on the campus this year.

        Main stage entertainment includes drumming and dancing. A children's tent features such activities as storytelling and an Indian fashion show. An ensemble from the Hamilton Police Department will provide some close harmony.

        Some of the event's 30 vendors will sell ethnic food and crafts; others will provide information about their culture or organization.

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