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LACONIA — The 12th Laconia Multicultural Festival (LMF) will be held on Saturday, August 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The day is full of energy–the aroma and varieties of food are hard to resist and their will be crafts, music, and dance.

Edwin Pabon & Orchestra will be one of the entertainment highlights this year. Edwin Pabon is considered among the pioneers of Latin music across New England. Born into a lineage of Puerto Rican musicians, he has performed with the best artists in Latin music, including: Tito Puente, Carlos Santana, Celia Cruz, Ruben Blades, Tito Nieves, Eddie Palmieri and others.  The band performs a wide range of music: salsa, merengue, mambos, cha-cha and boleros.

A Kids Corner continues to offer a variety of activities and exhibits. This year it includes: Lakes Region Children's Services, Sand Art & Toys, Story Ambassador, Squam Lakes Science Center, Face Painting by Rosemary Murphy and, of course, the W.I.L.D. Zoo. The Zoo will be here from the beginning to end of the festival, while other activities and exhibits are at scheduled times.

A free shuttle bus will provide transportation to and from several downtown parking lots. The bus will make a continuous loop, starting from Beacon Street East to the Laconia Clinic parking lot area and the Beacon Street West far parking lot area. Continuous loops start at 9:30 a.m.

A review of the Festival is being presented now on the Granite United Way's Living United in the Lakes Region program on Lakes Region Public Access TV. Co-Chairs Becky Guyer and Carol Pierce, guests on the program with Alan Robichaud, talk about the event.

The International Parade of flags is an important part of starting the day. Everyone is encouraged to come and carry the flag of their birth heritage. Flags of over 50 countries will be available to carry. Contact Wendy Barrett at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Laconia Human Relations Committee joined by Laconia Main Street and the Historic Belknap Mill are sponsors of the Laconia Multicultural Festival.



Edwin Pabon & Orchestra (Courtesy photo)