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Laconia Multicultural Day, NH, September 8, 2012.

Anura Guruge, laughing, picture November 16, 2011.

by Anura Guruge

Given that I have mentioned it a number of times, including yesterday, I realized that it is time that I did do a post on the Laconia Multicultural Day. It is on Saturday, September 8, 2012 this year — rain or shine. This is the 11th Multicultural Day. So it was started in September 2012 — a year after the events of a year ago; Laconia, one of predominately white (2nd whitest of the States) NH’s most diverse towns. I have been to each one without fail, rain or shine. When we lived in Gilford it was a piece of cake. We could make multiple trips if needed. Now we go for one long stretch.

It is definitely a wonderful occasion. Very uplifting and fulfilling — food is great too. Music is invariably divine and the drumming, now becoming a feature of the day, will make your day. Plus, it is free, but you will need some money for the food.

No sooner had I mentioned it yesterday, there was an article about it in the Laconia Daily Sun. It started by saying that ‘The Day’ had just been awarded a ‘Best of NH 2012’ award by the New Hampshire Magazine. That is great. Well deserved. It also had a list of the performers. Here is that list, and if you are wondering we do have a lot of folks from the ‘Balkan’ region in Laconia:

Cinder Conk: Balkan and Eastern European.

Balkan-Romany-Yiddish: Acoustic folk dance music from the Black Sea area

Classical Indian Dance

Robert Tunnaway Turner: Native American flute

Ras Moon and Monsoon: Afro-beat/Reggae

Burundi Drummers

New Horizon Band

The parade starts around 9 or 10. I will post the exact schedule when it becomes available. I will see you there – except, for a rare change, I will not be the only brown face there!