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Leading off the Carrousel by the River weekend were Russell Wilson (l) and Ralph (Chops) Brown of Six Degrees. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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By Ian Shalapata

(WINDSOR, ON) – As the world is converging on Brazil in celebration and competition, the mankind’s diversity is being celebrated in Windsor with the kick-off of the 40th annual Carrousel of Nations.

With a flurry of flags, the Multicultural Council of Windsor and Essex County launched a star studded Carousel by the River featuring Alexander Zonjic and friends. Along with the sounds of the world from the on-stage entertainment, the Festival Plaza was filled with the cultural tastes from 14 local establishments.

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Spain’s flag bearer smiles during the opening ceremonies at Carrousel by the River in Windsor on 13 June 2014. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

This weekend commenced with performances by Six Degrees, Zonjic and Detroit’s blues diva Thornetta Davis, and the Motor City Horns. Saturday will see a full slate on stage including the Rhodian Dance Group, Samba Squad, Tumbao Bravo, and guitar virtuoso Jose Feliciano, while Sunday’s line-up includes the Terpsichorean Greek Dancers, Magna, Windsor’s Crissi Cochrane, and the Juno award-winning Buffy Saint-Marie.

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A friendly welcome from the Vietnamese Village. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

While soaking in the tunes, festival goers can enjoy the traditional flavours from all corners of the Earth. Whether Vietnamese, German, French, Italian, or Indian, there’ll be something everyone will enjoy. Vendors will be open from noon on Saturday and Sunday.

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There entertainment, music, and activities for all ages at Carrousel by the River this weekend. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

For the last two weekends in June, the Carrousel festival will revert to a number of pavilions scattered around Windsor as 12 cultures will be represented in 13 Villages. From Scottish pasties and bagpipes to Romanian pastries and ţilincă, from German beer to Greek Saganaki there are flavours and traditions on display and to savour. It’s your personal passport to the riches of the world, right on your doorstep.

For more information visit the Carrousel of Nations website.

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Welcome to the Carrousel of Nations. Happy to be here. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Taste the world. The traditional foods of many countries are available including delicious wares from Romania, courtesy of Vio’s. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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Despite the wind and clouds, visitors to Carrousel by the River descended on the festival with undampened appetite. Photo by Ian Shalapata.

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About the Author

Ian Shalapata
Ian Shalapata is the owner and publisher of Square Media Group. He covers politics, the police beat, community events, the arts, sports, and everything in between. His imagery and freelance contributions have appeared in select publications and for organizations in Canada and the United States. Contact Ian with story ideas.
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