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Lee Park Holds 13th Annual Festival of Cultures

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Festival of Cultures at Lee Park in Charlottesville Festival of Cultures at Lee Park in Charlottesville
Performance at the Festival of Cultures at Lee Park Performance at the Festival of Cultures at Lee Park
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (WVIR) -

More than 40 cultures were represented at the annual Festival of Cultures in Charlottesville.

Thousands of people gathered in Lee Park Saturday, May 14, for the event. They were treated to international performers, artisans, food vendors, and cultural displays.

These were all put together by people who live in Charlottesville now as a way to share their native cultures.

"And we also really want to welcome the residents who were not born here, the new residents who have come recently, or the last few years here. And these newcomers have something to share with us. We really can learn from them," said coordinator Zakira Beasley.

Organizers say between 3,500 and 4,000 people stopped by for the festival, in spite of Saturday afternoon's stormy weather.