(Delray Beach, FL) – The eighth annual, free, All People’s Day® Diversity Festival (APD) is Saturday, March 18, 2017 indoors at Pompey Park, 1101 NW 2nd Street and NW 10th Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444 and the food tastes are free again! The main event is from 11:00 am to 5:00 pm with a wide variety of performances and connective activities for the whole family. All People’s Day®, Inc, Delray Parks and Recreation and the National Coalition of 100 Black Women SPBC are presenting the festival.

“At this time of increased xenophobia and cultural injustices it’s important to take a stand for connections among all groups,” explains APD Founder Susan Berkowitz Schwartz, “The Diversity Festival celebrates the unique beauty of every person connecting us thorough Art, Words, Music, and Dance.”

The Main Event starts at 11 am showcasing 20 colorful performances including a variety of dance from Delray Divas – African American Step Dance to the Chinese Performing Arts. Also, there will be an array of music from Pink Slip – playing US Folk, Anthony Bacchus – leading the Milagro Ctr. Kids Drum Circle, Clinton Powell –playing R & B and Pop, the SF Taiko Dojo – playing huge Japanese drums, singer Carol Garrett and others. All acts take to the stage in 15 minute intervals treating the attendees to a vast range of cultural experiences.

The food tastes are free again this year and provided by generous restaurants including – Bud’s Chicken & Seafood – Fried Chicken and Paella De Espana Catering. In addition, over 50 interactive and merchandise booths offer artwork, clothing and jewelry for sale. Kids will find arts projects and activities such as balloon hats from Clowns on Call, the String Project has participants place a colored string leading from their country of origin to the USA and Selfies are taken with the hand painted APD life size cultural figures.

Over 50 interactive and merchandise booths feature a diverse mix to see and do. Kids will find arts projects such as Peace Crane folding, puppet making with a stage to perform, and creating images of their families that connect to others on a mural. Teens and adults enjoy hands on issue-based activities among which are a Health Fair and clever word games by nonprofits. Prizes donated by local artists and businesses will be raffled off throughout the day as well.

Prior to all this, a free workshop from 9:30am to 11:00 am will teach children to make the Craft Dough People illustrating that all people are made from the same materials and should therefore be treated

with equal respect. Pre-registration for the workshop is open to the first 30 kids, age’s four to eleven, who sign-up by calling (561) 495-9818. A packaged craft kit, based on this project, is available for a donation.

All People’s Day® is a 501c3 nonprofit diversity holiday that fosters connections among people through the arts, because the Arts touch people’s hearts. Why a diversity holiday? A holiday states our values and reinforces them. We champion the issues and rights of people of different colors, religions, ages and cultures plus LGBT, immigrants, women, and people with disabilities. Created by Susan Berkowitz-Schwartz in 1973, All People’s Day® was celebrated for 35 years in New Jersey and seven years in South Florida. Proclamations and tributes have been issued by city, county, and state officials. The dream is to become a national holiday one day soon. For further information go to http://allpeoplesday.org or email Susan Berkowitz Schwartz at [email protected]

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