Alberton hosting Multicultural street party

Eric McCarthy
Published on August 13, 2014

Natasha Dunn, from left, Linda Hobin and Julia Ramsay show the early stages of a caterpillar piñata, one of eight piñatas that will spill their contents during the Alberton Multicultural Street Party on Saturday August 23.

ALBERTON -- She’s resigned herself that it has to happen, but Julia Ramsay still says she’ll cry when the piñata she helped construct for Alberton’s first ever Multicultural Street Party is smashed open.

Actually, the piñata is still a work in progress, but the Hope Center Clubhouse worker who is helping staff and program participants build a huge caterpillar-shaped piñata says it will be ready to spill its contents of candy during the special August 23 event.

An Alberton Multicultural Street Party will take over Main Street, between Church and Poplar Streets, between noon and 3 p.m.

Natasha Dunn, one of the founders of the special day, says it’s something she’s been wanting to bring to Alberton for six years. It’s meant to celebrate the cultures that have been here for decades and centuries as well as the ones that have become part of the rural fabric of West Prince more recently.

Arife Feta will prepare a table with that provides information on her Albanian culture as well as samples of Albanian baking; Anna Gallant, will share her experience on moving to West Prince from the Philippines and various other displays will be set up.

Alberton businesses are sponsoring and filling several of the piñatas. There will be one smashed open every 20 minutes for the children to partake of the treats and coupons that spill out.

There will be information booths, food samples, give-aways, vendors, a massive bouncy castle and professional face-painters, demonstrations and entertainment.

A stage will be set up on Main Street for the afternoon program which opens with Acadian singing and dancing. There will be a Zumba demonstration with Heidi Hudson, martial arts with Jeff Willson, folk tales and ghost stories with Carol Livingstone, and, interspersed throughout the afternoon, performances by area singers Taylor Donald, Alexi Skerry, Perry Batten and Ed and Ruth Fitzgerald.

Young Millionaires Program participants will have booths set up and a vendor from Charlottetown will be selling African clothing and jewelry. Alberton businesses will have sidewalk sales and other promotions.

A 10-member Alberton Multicultural committee which includes representation from The P.E.I. Association of Newcomers and CIF IPE (the Coopérative d’intégration francophone de l’Île-du-Prince-Édouard), partnering with the Alberton Business Association, is hosting the program. Major sponsors are the Tignish Credit Union and the Office of Immigration, Settlement and Population.