Hundreds of people attended Mt. San Jacinto College’s annual Multicultural Festival on Saturday for a taste of international foods, to watch dancers from around the globe or to just have a little fun.
The April 16 event was free and open to the public and featured live entertainment, dance, song and information. The MSJC Multicultural Festival is designed to provide the community and students with the opportunity to experience and celebrate diversity in entertainment, the arts, religion and education.
About 600 people attended the event, said JoAnna Quejada, Dean of Matriculation and Outreach.
“The Multicultural Festival really drew the community together. We had a larger crowd this year and more people who participated in the activities,” Quejada said. “With food, dancing and activities for children, the Multicultural Festival offered something for people of all ages. Visitors were excited to engage with aspects of different cultures.”
Entertainers included the San Jacinto High School Mariachi Band, Maria Mendoza’s Makahawai, Claddagh School of Irish Dance, Panjive Steel Drum Band, Peppers Russian and East European Folk Dancers, The Nightlight Ensemble, Russian Children Folk Dancers, and belly dancers. Vendors from the area also brought food, jewelry and other items.
Photo Credit: MSJC student Sandi Marasco