GREEN BAY - Traveling from Minneapolis, Steve Lumbar planned his trip to Green Bay to coincide with the 14th annual Multicultural Children and Family Festival at St James Park.
"I like the message that it sends that everyone's cultures are important to be expressed and enjoyed and I'd like to teach my kids to do exactly that," said Lumbar.
"What its about today is just celebrating diversity, allowing each other to get to know each other's neighbors because Green Bay is a lot different now than it used to be," said Randell Steele, a board member for the city's multicultural center. "We should be able to embrace these changes and have some fun with it."
The fun came through face painting, cultural music and dance and best of all, food.
"Food always brings family together, so it's all about community, getting to know each other and what better way of doing that than by food," said Markitha Reacco of Green Bay.
Reacco says she's embraced diversity more since moving here from Chicago.
"I've actually been closer with the cultures, because we pretty much live in the same communities," said Reacco. "We go to the same churches."
Organizers of the day's event say merging cultures is why its important to teach kids about them at a young age.
"The more comfortable you're with it early on, it grows up with you," said Steele. "When you're faced with it later in life, you have an easier time dealing with it."
This year's event is especially timely considering the national news surrounding the Trayvon Martin case.
"This is time for us to kind of get together and focus on more of the positive aspects of diversity and unity as opposed to some of the negative things we've seen over the last couple weeks," said Steele.
"I think that news heads in a different direction than an event like this intends it to go," said Lumbar. "Those things are unfortunate and I guess if we had more of this, we'd have less of that."
Between 700 and 1,000 people were expected to attend today's event.
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