Helena celebrates diversity with first cultural festival – Shelby County Reporter

By MICHELLE LOVE | Personal editor

HELEN – Helena’s Diversity and Inclusion Council celebrated successful participation at its first International Unity Festival on Saturday, April 23.

The festival, held at Buck Creek Amphitheater Park, was intended to celebrate Helena’s diverse community and introduce Helena residents to cultural groups they may not be familiar with.

Local food trucks were there offering various menu options, from barbecue to tacos. Festival attendees watched a cooking demonstration by Dewayne Thompson of Big Daddy BBQ as well as a line dancing demonstration by Luther Jarmon, Jr. while listening to music from different genres and cultures. They also enjoyed putting on makeup, shopping with vendors, and getting information from various cultural groups.

“It was a great event for everyone to have fun with,” said Dominga. The Helena International Unity Festival event aimed to bring all walks of life together and embrace commonalities and differences.

Gardner said planning has already begun for next year’s festival.

Darcy J. Skinner