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OHIO’s international customs, cultures, cuisine celebrated at Street Fair (PHOTOS)

Ohio University wrapped up its annual International Week on Saturday, April 19, with the week’s most popular event – the International Street Fair.

Held on Court Street in uptown Athens, the International Street Fair marked its 32nd year of bringing the OHIO and local community together to celebrate the customs, cultures and cuisine of the University’s international students.

Here are some highlights from the parade held at this year’s International Street Fair:

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Members of Ohio University’s international community don the flags and attire of their home countries during the parade that kicked off this year’s International Street Fair. OHIO’s international community includes students from more than 100 countries.

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Jane Palmer, Ohio University’s insurance and prevailing wage coordinator and Equal Employment Opportunity officer, listens to one of the speakers at this year’s International Street Fair.

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Some of Ohio University’s more than 1,700 international students carry the flags of their home countries during the International Street Fair, which marks the end of OHIO’s International Week. Ohio University welcomed its first international student, Sakitaro Murayama of Japan, in 1895.

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Members of the Ohio University and local community line Court Street in uptown Athens for the International Street Fair parade. International Week at Ohio University this year paid tribute to the unique relationship forged between the University and the city of Athens through the cultural diversity that OHIO’s international community brings to the area. The theme of International Week was “The World in Athens, Athens in the World.”

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In addition to the parade, this year’s International Street Fair featured international cuisine and performances as well as a plethora of family-friendly activities provided by OHIO’s international student groups.

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International Week is sponsored by OHIO’s International Student Union (ISU) in collaboration with International Student and Faculty Services (ISFS), the Office of Education Abroad, the Center for International Studies, and the University’s student senates with support from Event Services. This annual celebration of OHIO’s global heritage also receives tremendous support from the city of Athens and the Athens City-County Health Department.

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Members of Ohio University’s international community kick off the 32nd annual International Street Fair – a daylong celebration of multicultural diversity and one of the biggest community events of the year.