Lorain International Queen Alena Aguayo (Puerto Rican), 17, Lorain, back, joined by her court members Nicole Londo (Slovak), 19, Sheffield Lake, middle left, Manimone Sengvoravong (Laotian), 17, Lorain, middle right, and Julianne Weber (Polish), 17, Lorain, at the International Parade.
The Lorain International Parade on June 30 capped off another year of a festival celebrating the many cultures that make up Lorain and the surrounding communities.
“It was another great year for us,” said Ben Davey, president of the Lorain International Association. “The attendance was great, the parade went well, the food was delicious and all the entertainment did a great job. The attendance was actually up from last year. Our hope is that it will reach 15,000 when we tally up the Sunday numbers.”
Davey said this year’s festival was well represented by its spotlight business and culture.
“It was another great year for us.”
— Ben Davey, president of the Lorain International Association
“Irish, as our culture, and Second Harvest (Food Bank of North Central Ohio), as our highlight business, both did a great job of representing the city and everything the festival is all about,” he said. “I alsowant to take the opportunity to announce that next year Mexican will be the spotlight culture, as presented by the Mexican-American Citizens’ Club, and The Morning Journal will be our spotlight business.”
Davey said this year’s parade had to work around the Broadway streetscape project, but it went very well.
“We had to turn off of Broadway onto Ninth Street, but I feel like it was all executed very well by our parade participants,” he said. “The Lorain High School Marching Band, the Lorain Fire and Police De- partments and all the other participants really made it a great parade. I just want to thank all of the International Princesses, vendors, performers and all the volunteerswho put in thework to make this festival happen every year. Preparation for next year’s festival is in September, and I look forward to doing it all again next year.”
Wayne Boone, of Lorain, really enjoyed the parade.
“It’s one of the longest parades I go to,” he said. “I really like everything the International Festival has to offer. There is just so much stuff to do.”
Sabrina Renaldo, of Lorain, was at the parade with her children, S’mya, 4, Caiden, 5, and Cameron Edwards, 5.
“The kids love going to parades and watching the fire trucks go by,” she said.
“The International Parade is one we don’t miss. The festival is a highlight of Lorain’s yearly events.”