Radcliff Hosts Culture Festival and Welcomes Belizean Mayor | Local News

Residents and visitors to Radcliff celebrated the diversity of the town and region with food, music and games.

On Saturday, Radcliff’s second cultural festival was held in conjunction with a community parade and among its special guests was a mayor from South America. It comes after last year’s event was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over 40 vendors were included in the event at Radcliff Town Hall along with food trucks also known as the Taste of the World food court. Community members hosted the event to celebrate the diverse residents of the state’s 16th largest city, located just outside the gates of Fort Knox.

The event included a parade down Lincoln Trail Boulevard to City Hall. This included a few different floats and dignitaries and performances by the North Hardin High School Marching Band.

There were also live music and dance performances near City Hall, including an Aaron Harp magic show and an Alisha West-Campbell singing show.

Invited by the mayor of Radcliff JJ Duvall, Robert Mariano is the mayor of Dangriga, Belize, and was visiting the city and attending the event.

He said he enjoyed the event and intended to let the people of Belize know that they should visit Kentucky. He also told everyone to also visit Belize and discussed the natural and cultural aspects of the country.

Mariano received a few different gifts, including a Kentucky Colonel Award presented by Rep. Nancy Tate, R-Brandenburg. Mariano also gave Duvall a gift, which was one of his father’s drums and a pair of maracas.

Pete Countryman, one of the event’s organizers, said in an email that the parade drew around 1,500 spectators and over 4,500 people attending the festival itself.

Gregory Campbell attended and said he appreciated it and was happy to see someone, Mariano, invited from out of the country to visit Radcliff.

Campbell said he was also happy to hear about Billy Ray Cyrus’ concert at Bourbon and Bales later that night as well. He said he saw people he hadn’t seen for over a year.

“The community is doing great things, but safe at the same time. I think it’s really essential, ”said Campbell.

Krista Torres attended the event and visited the vendors with her son.

“I think it’s great. I wish they had it even more often,” Torres said.

She said she is from Northern Europe and her husband is from Puerto Rico, and the inclusion of more cultures in city events the better.

“Especially since, for a year, it’s been very limited, so it’s just nice to go out and see something,” she said.

Andrew Harp can be contacted at 270-505-1414 or [email protected]

Darcy J. Skinner

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