Irish bagpipes, Greek gyros and Hawaiian leis will find common ground at Lincoln Park this weekend. Tracy Multicultural Festival will represent the diverse cultures in Tracy through food, music, art and dance.
The free festival, funded by the Community Cultural Arts Commission, will emphasize cultural education rather than vendor profits, arts program manager Theresa Yvonne said.
The festival’s global village is the place to experience customs from around the world with polka dancing, a tae kwon do performance, fire dancing and more. Young dancers from Lokes Looks Music and Dance Studio will dress in homemade, traditional costumes and perform Hawaiian dances.
The dancers are an ethnically diverse group of students, dance studio director Mary Saunders said.
“You don’t have to be Hawaiian to hula,” she said.
Nearby, Saunders will sell handmade leis and jewelry and explain traditional Hawaiian arts and crafts. “The Hawaiian culture is very open and accepting to all cultures,” she said. “They’re a loving and kind people.”
Throughout the day, bagpipes from the British Isles will serenade the global village. The performance by Sean Folsom of Carmel Valley will teach that bagpipes have several different origins and styles.
Meanwhile, festivalgoers can snack on Japanese, Mexican, Thai, Afghan and Chinese dishes.
Yvonne said she hopes the festival is a fun, relaxing way to experience the different peoples who have settled in Tracy.
“People should swing by because they’ll get a little slice of Tracy,” she said. “You might get to see a culture that you didn’t know was in Tracy.”