|From noon to dusk on Saturday, September 30, 2006, the RI Historical Preservation & Heritage Commission presents the 29th Annual Heritage Festival. The Rhode Island State House lawn, at the intersection of Gaspee and Francis streets, will be the setting for this exciting and delicious event.|
|All day long, the stage will showcase performances from around the world. Dancers from Bolivia, India, Korea, Philippines, and Cape Verde will perform folk dances in traditional costumes, and a Japanese Lion Dance will wind its way through the crowd. Musical performances include a Scottish bagpiper and Headliner Acts Cesar Lima (right), Galvao, and Calu Bana of Cape Verde.|
|A dozen tents will feature exhibits of traditional art and clothing and delicious food from around the world. Sample Turkish baklava, Guatemalan mixtas, and British shortbread. Learn Korean Taekwondo, Japansese calligraphy, and Bolivian arts and crafts. Under the Children's Tent, there will be face-painting and crafts.|
|This year's event includes a joyous and colorful parade. Start the day at noon at Providence City Hall (25 Dorrance St., Downtown) and march to the Festival at the State House lawn.|
Participants in 2006 include African-American, British, Bolivian, Cape Verdean, German, Greek, Guatemalan, Heritage Harbor, Hmong, Italian, Indian, Japanese, Korean, Lebanese, Mexican, Narragansett Indian, Panamanian, Philippino, Puerto Rican, RI Black Heritage, Scottish, Turkish, and Vietnamese Subcommittees.
Thanks to our sponsors: Narragansett Indian Tribe, St. Andrews Society, and The Providence Black Repertory Company.