This 15-year-old Honduran sang the national anthem and it didn't sound like "Star Search" warbling. Good for you, kid.^
Roanoke's best festival, Local Colors, played before thousands of people today and many of those in attendance were not only spectators, but also served as "talent."
Local Colors is a celebration is the parts that, when melted in a large pots, make Americans. What started 20 years ago--by Pearl Fu--with two different nations being represented (Pearl representing China) has grown unofficially to more than 90 these days. Some of that number were not in the Parade of Nations (three little girls from Samolia, for example, didn't want to march by themselves, but they certainly count).
Pearl's vision remains a good one: a small Southern city that celebrates diversity as if it were a large west coast metropolis. That's progress. Here, in 26 photographs, is what some of it looked like (and you'll note that I didn't even get around to the marvelous food).