Submitted by Bedford Embraces Diversity

An emphatic message of diversity will be broadcast along the town’s main street on Sunday, May 21.

The Parade of Flags, which marks the 3 p.m. start of the Bedford Multicultural Festival, will depart from the Town Common and travel along The Great Road, turning down Mudge Way to the destination of the grounds and parking areas around Town Hall and Town Center.

“We are especially excited to bring our parade down Great Road this year,” declared Marilou Barsam, president of Bedford Embraces Diversity, sponsor of the third annual Multicultural Festival. “Showcasing our town’s cultural diversity and marching together in unity right down our Main Street USA are something of which we should all be proud.”

When the festival began in 2015, the Parade of Flags took place inside Bedford high School. Last year it outgrew the indoors and followed Mudge Way to BHS. Now the parade will be featured on The Great Road.

The festival at parade’s end – outdoors for the first time – will include music and dance performances representing a variety of cultures, as well as ethnic foods and a wide range of multicultural activity booths.

“Marching with Bedford residents and our generous benefactors, led by Grooversity, the same terrific Brazilian drummer band we had last year, will be a highlight of our festival,” Barsam said. “We encourage anyone interested in expressing their support for Bedford’s diversity to join us!”

Participants are encouraged to dress in a way that reflects their culture. They can bring flags – including homemade versions – or borrow them from parade organizers.

“Be proud of who you are! If you haven’t seen your community represented in our first two multicultural festivals, consider yourself invited to showcase your culture this year,” said Val Rushanan, vice president of Bedford Embraces Diversity. She added, “We also want people to watch the parade.”

To join the parade, use this link to register: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4ea9a72aa6fc1-parade1
or email bedfordembracesdiversity@gmail.com

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