PHILADELPHIA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This summer, experience the exciting rhythms of the Caribbean, the alluring scents of European fare and much more at the 2016 PECO Multicultural Series. The festivals kick off June 5 and continue through September 25 on the Great Plaza at Penn’s Landing (101 S. Columbus Blvd. at Chestnut Street).
For nearly 20 years, the PECO Multicultural Series has celebrated the region’s diverse cultures. The festivals offer a variety of culturally rich events with a chance to explore the world without leaving Philadelphia. This season of FREE, family-friendly programming includes eight festivals highlighting Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America and South America.
The 2016 PECO Multicultural Series includes:
- Irish Festival (June 5, Noon to 8 p.m.) – Featuring Irish musicians and dancers, bagpipers and traditional foods, including shepherd’s pie and bangers and mash. Craft vendors also will be onsite selling authentic Irish goods.
- Hispanic Fiesta (July 9-10, 2 to 8 p.m.) – One of Philadelphia’s premier Latino events, raising awareness of the Latino culture and community through music, dance, entertainment, ethnic foods and artisan crafts from nearly all of the Latin American countries.
- Islamic Heritage Festival (July 23, 2 to 8 p.m.) – The 24th annual festival features games, speakers, a health and wellness fair, free giveaways, entertainment and a global open market bazaar.
- ACANA Festival (August 7, 2 to 8 p.m.) – Providing a wide range of African entertainment, from traditional performances to modern Afropop and reggae performances, the African Cultural Alliance of North America Inc. (ACANA) brings artists, groups and dance troupes from across Africa to perform. The event also features African food, and arts and crafts vendors.
- Festival of India (August 20, 1 to 7 p.m.) – Celebrating India’s Independence Day and reflecting the vibrant Indian-American community in the Greater Philadelphia area through a colorful panorama of art, music, dance and cuisine.
- Caribbean Festival (August 21, Noon to 8 p.m.) – Featuring culture, music and food from 14 Caribbean islands, a children’s corner, marketplace, Caribbean workshop and music from across the islands. The festival also helps raise scholarship funds for college students of Caribbean descent.
- Mexican Independence Day Festival (September 18, 2 to 7 p.m.) – Celebrating Mexican independence with music, food, arts and crafts, face painting, giveaways and more.
- Brazilian Day Philadelphia (September 25, 1 to 7 p.m.) – Highlighting Brazilian Independence Day through a variety of traditional foods, merchandise and performances, including samba, forró, pagode, capoeira, samba-reggae and more.
PECO proudly supports events that highlight diversity and inclusion in the communities that the company serves. To learn more about how PECO celebrates diversity, visit peco.com/community.
Based in Philadelphia, PECO is an electric and natural gas utility subsidiary of Exelon Corporation (NYSE: EXC). The company’s 2,400 dedicated employees provide advanced, innovative energy solutions to 1.6 million electric and more than 511,000 natural gas customers in southeastern Pennsylvania. In 2015 PECO delivered 86.9 billion cubic feet of natural gas and 38 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity. The company also has an estimated annual economic impact of $4.5 billion in Pennsylvania, supporting more than 9,600 local jobs and producing $760 million in labor income. Founded in 1881, PECO is one of the Greater Philadelphia Region's most active corporate citizens, providing leadership, volunteer and financial support to numerous arts and culture, education, environmental, economic development and community programs and organizations. For more information visit PECO.com, and connect with the company on Facebook and Twitter.
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