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The Circle City Celebrates Its Diversity at the Indy International Festival

Nothing good lasts forever. The Indy International Festival in Indianapolis is proof enough of that. With its wealth of entertainment, cultural displays, festive food, and crafts, the festival is one of the main Indianapolis cultural events held each year. The Indy International Festival, which takes place at the Indiana State Fairgrounds, draws in thousands of guests over just two fun-filled days. Guests come out to the festival to take in Irish dance, taste Peruvian foods, and listen while musicians create the sounds of their homelands. Indianapolis arts and performing groups, such as the Russian Ballet Academy of Indianapolis and the Indy Highland Dancers, take over two stages, and a multicultural market offers visitors a variety of take-home treats and crafts from countries such as China, Germany, Mexico, and more.

Video about the Indy International Festival in Indianapolis, Indiana

The Indy International Festival serves as the signature annual event of the Nationalities Council of Indiana, a not-for-profit organization that is made up of more than 50 ethnic and cultural groups living in Indiana. There’s a lot of diversity in Indiana, but you might not notice it, were it not for organizations like the Nationalities Council, which dedicates itself to the education, promotion, and cultural exchange between all nationalities represented in the Hoosier state.

Indianapolis became the capital of Indiana in 1825, and it since has grown to be the 14th largest city in the United States, with a population of approximately 800,000. Indy is the third largest city in the Midwest (falling behind Chicago and Detroit), and Indy offers a growing diversity among its ethnic groups.┬áMuch of Indianapolis history has been shaped by the arrival of these peoples, and many Indianapolis events and parades celebrate their presence and leadership in the city today. There are a lot of things to do in Indianapolis, and many other festivals that celebrate Indy’s diverse cultures, such as the Spirit and Place Festival, the Asian Festival, the Indianapolis Italian Street Festival, the Indy Irish Festival, African Festival, Indiana Black Expo Summer Celebration, and more.

For more information on the Indy International Festival, go to the Website.

 

Mike Woods