Perhaps, like me, you always make it to the District 97 Ethnic Fest. Or perhaps you’re new to town or have never had a reason to venture out on the first Saturday in May to hear, see, taste or experience something new, different, exciting and cross-cultural. 

No matter your prior experiences or present disposition, there’s something for you at the D97 Ethnic Fest on Saturday, May 5! 

The festivities begin with a parade that departs Julian Middle School at 10 a.m. and proceeds with singing, dancing, eating, crafts, and all kinds of vendors who’ll be waiting for you all day long. 

It’s one thing to live in a diverse community. It’s quite another to show our children, friends and neighbors by what we choose to do and support that we love this diverse community and want it to be stronger, more diverse and more inclusive in the future than it has been in the past. 

I hope you’ll join us for the 38th annual D97 Ethnic Fest, and that you’ll find some way that day to make “Celebrating Diversity: The heART of Who We Are” more than just a theme for that one wonderful day.

Jonathan Ellwanger 

Principal, Beye School 

D97 Diversity Council Member

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