Festival to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month

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SYRACUSE, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Members of the community are invited to celebrate Asian American Pacific Islander Heritage Month at a festival in Syracuse on Saturday.

There were food vendors, singers, dancers and speakers to honor different cultures within the AAPI community in Central New York.

The goal of the festival wasn’t only to celebrate, but it served as an opportunity for people to learn about all of the different traditions and customs within the culture.

Seeing that we have Indian culture, we have Bhutanese, we have Japanese speakers and not even just Asian speakers and performers but so many people who are here as allies to come and celebrate our culture. Seeing all these performances and speakers, I even have learned of different cultures in the Asian community as well.

Jason Ngo, Event Organizer

Blondean Young, another event organizer and founder of the Black, Latino, Asian, Art Coalition (B.L.L.A.C), says the festival was a great way for the community to come together and honor AAPI culture.

I think because we’ve all kind of been in the pandemic, we’ve all been in our houses and away from people, so it feels good that we can finally come together and see familiar faces and things like that because you don’t get to do it often.

Blondean Young, Event Organizer & Founder of B.L.A.A.C

The event ran from noon until 5:00 p.m. at the McCarthy Mercantile below Wildflowers Armory at 217 South Salina Street.

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