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World of Nations celebrates 33 cultures at Metro Park

2-day festival in downtown Jacksonville grows every year, organizers say


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Visitors who wanted to take a trip around the world didn't have to go farther than Metropolitan Park in downtown Jacksonville this weekend.

The 27th annual World of Nations Celebration kicked off at 10 a.m. Saturday.

The two-day multicultural festival allowed visitors to experience the sights, sounds and tastes of 33 cultures, representing nations from around the globe.

"It brings the cultures of Jacksonville together all in one place," special events manager Brent Fine said. "Every year it gets bigger."

Every continent -- except Antarctica -- was represented, organizers said.

Jackie Rowley said her family has lived in the area for nearly four decades but this weekend was the first time they attended World of Nations, because her 9-year-old grandson, Hunter, danced in a Japanese celebration.

“Now that I am here, I can’t believe I have missed it all these years,” Rowley said.

Peifen Wu, who is originally from Taiwan, moved to South Florida recently and flew up from Miami just for the celebration.

"I think it is great, different countries come to exhibit their culture and make America to know different cultures in America," Wu said.

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