"Every year it seems to get bigger and bigger. This year we have 19 countries represented."
Cultures came together with dance, food, and costumes at KT Murphy School's third annual Multicultural Fest on Saturday. Organizers say it's a way to unite and educate students of all backgrounds about different cultures.
"We decided to do this a few years ago because kids kind of isolate themselves and this gives them an opportunity to see other cultures, try other foods that they may have not ever tried before," said MultiCultural Fair Chairperson Lorraine Masone. "And it gives them an opportunity to understand a realize there really isn't many differences between us."
Staff encouraged students to sample different types of food from each booth and ask questions about each country.
"My favorite was the food from Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic. Morocco is in North Africa, they speak Arabic and French."
The event also brought together parents and local volunteers from all different backgrounds.
"I'm a volunteer showing Russian culture," said Barbara Viner. "Considering showing culture to each other is helping to build a bridge between culture and good relationships with people."
"India is very diverse," said Yasmine Shaik. "That's the main thing we're trying to represent here. We have a lot of states, different cultures and yet we stand united. That's what I want to show here."
Organizers tell us its the first year young students practiced and performed a traditional Indian dance.
"I have to practice a lot so I could get it."
"My favorite part was when I was dancing and I made all the rounds and I ate."
"You have a celebration, you have another celebration, so they put these."