Tupelo set to celebrate its diverse population

TUPELO – Nearly a dozen nations will show their colors Saturday at the ninth annual Celebration of Cultures.
The family-friendly event features booths representing the cultures of Tupelo’s diverse citizenry. Participants this year hail from Japan and Russia, Puerto Rico and El Salvador, Columbia and Africa.
They will serve ethnic food, perform music and entertainment, and offer a number of children’s activities – including face painting, a rock wall and a bouncy castle.
Free to the public, the event is from noon until 4 p.m. at the Ballard Park stage.
“Our purpose is to share and learn about the different ethnic groups right here in Tupelo,” said Shaynta Eiland of the city’s Parks and Recreation Department.
Coinciding with this year’s Celebration of Cultures is Paws In The Park, a pet-friendly fundraiser with music, refreshments, games, dog parade and a silent auction.
The public – and their leashed pets – are welcome to attend. It will be held on the east side of the park from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Proceeds from the fundraiser will support Comfort Creatures of North Mississippi, a nonprofit organization that provides human-animal teams to visit schools, hospitals, libraries and other facilities.
Paws In The Park also is sponsored by the city’s Parks and Recreation Department. Eiland said both events will occur rain or shine.
“We’re going to play it by ear,” she said, “and pray for the best.”

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