Just two years in, FusionFest has become Orlando’s premier celebration of the diverse cultures that call our area home. But did you know you can literally fly the flag for the festival’s mission of fun and friendship all year long? March with our team in the regularly scheduled heritage parades that dot the city’s events calendar, and you’ll be showing your support for the rich tapestry of peoples that is Central Florida.
Taking part is easy: Just visit fusionfest.org to RSVP for any upcoming parade. You’ll get all the details about the route, day and time of the event. And you’ll be able to reserve a flag to carry from just about any part of the world. You can sign up to represent your own nationality, or to wave the banner of another culture that just appeals to you for some reason. Either way, you’ll be adding an important hue to the rainbow of diversity the city will see when the FusionFest team takes to the streets.
Showing up in colorful or heritage clothing is another great way to send the message that Orlando is for everybody. Bringing an acoustic instrument to play will help us all be heard as well as seen. Just remember to wear shoes that are comfortable enough for all that walking. And stay hydrated, because the noonday sun can get mighty hot!
The next opportunity to join in the fun is Sunday, March 1st, as the 42nd annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade comes to Downtown Winter Park. The 4th Florida Puerto Rican Parade follows suit in downtown Orlando on Saturday, April 25th, with the Caribbean-themed Orlando Carnival Parade hot on its heels Sunday, May 24th.
All that parade activity will make for an exciting run-up to the third annual FusionFest, coming to downtown Orlando November 28 and 29, 2020. As always, the festival will present a full schedule of food, music, dance, fashion and other creative expressions from more than 100 heritage communities. Now a Thanksgiving tradition, FusionFest will again occupy the Seneff Arts Plaza at the Dr. Phillips Center for the Performing Arts and the Orlando City Hall Commons Plaza.