World festival comes to Peoria Civic Center

By Beau Ebenezer

September 8, 2012 Updated Sep 9, 2012 at 3:54 PM CDT

PEORIA Ill -- The Peoria Civic Center got a splash of cultural diversity as it held the Black Expo World Fest.

The free exhibit, brought in families throughout Central Illinois to experience cultures from all over the world.

14 different ethnic groups were set up throughout the exhibit.

Different ethnic food was available to try, with items ranging up to $3.

The event was capped off with an ethnic parade, showing off the styles of different groups.

"Everybody is so positive. They bring their whole families. When kids come in, they get a passport, you go to each country, you get your passport stamped, and then you get a prize at the end. So it's a lot of fun for them," said Cultural Diversity Committee member, Peter Couri.

Prizes for kids included, glow sticks, colored chalk, and pencils.

The event was a part of the Urban League's "Kids Doing the Right Thing" Program.

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