New Multicultural Festival to Hit Downtown Wilkes-Barre

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A new multicultural parade and festival is hitting Wilkes-Barre this weekend!

Newswatch 16's Ryan Leckey spotlighted this special event that's aimed at highlighting the city's different ethnicities, food, and cultures.

The event all plays out on Wilkes-Barre's Public Square.

It'll feature various vendors including all sorts of ethnic foods ranging from Polish to Lebanese as well as Jamaican.


  • WHAT: Multicultural Parade & Festival
  • WHERE: Public Square, Wilkes-Barre
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 5. The parade begins at 11 a.m. with the festival following until 9 p.m. On Sunday, August 6, the festival runs from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • ADMISSION: Free, but food and vendor items come with various fees.


  • Anthony

    Let’s all take time to remember we are all Humans first. And the color of our skin is not a tell all of who we are or how we behave. Try to be kind and respectful to everyone. Hold doors for people and say hello or please and thank you. No one likes to be disrespected so remember that. I applauded this idea and think Wilkes Barre is a great place for this. I wish it the best and I hope it all goes well.

  • JesusLovesAllHisChildren

    Peter 4:8 – Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins.

  • Someone

    I think this is a fantastic idea and my Multicultural ass will be there with my Irish brother and his German wife, my biracial sister and her Guatemalan husband, my Portuguese friend and her Portuguese/Italian kids. And if my scary big Black boyfriend isn’t working, I’m going to bring him too.

    • Writer Girl

      Sounds like they are all either one race or biracial. People born today are multi-racial. You’re already old hat:-)

  • Someone

    To all of you uneducated imbeciles, being an American and being white are polar opposites. So if you don’t like what is happening in the community how about YOU be the one to leave and go back to where YOU came from. I know the only thing that you can do is blame diversity for crime because you’d rather sit in your lonely, pathetic shells than come to terms that everyone plays a hand in it, white collar to no collar. This weekend is a CELEBRATION of us, everyone, including you. Just stay home and keep your misery to yourself. Or come and come to terms that it was actually a nice experience, because it’s going to be. But I bet you’d never admit that to anyone.

    • CeeMe

      LOL! You’re the imbecile. I have a master’s degree and still can see what’s behind multiculturalism. The festival probably will be fun. That means nothing.


    I think the parade is a good idea. Our country is a melting pot of all people from all walks of life. As such, each should feel free to be proud of his or her background. Kudos to W-B for having an all-inclusive event that excludes no one. GREAT JOB!!!

    • CeeMe

      We haven’t been a “melting pot” for awhile now. Everyone wants to do their own thing, even more so for some cultures, who readily admit they won’t become Americans. Obviously, there is a lot of uninformed people out there like you.

  • German/Welsh/Italian

    Came for the comments.

    For all you complaining, go out and support/represent YOUR diversity. Represent being American and being white. Go for it…make a statement for your culture and your values. Turn it out

  • Writer Girl

    This mayor is delusional. I used to live in W-B decades ago. You could walk down to the Square at night, by yourself, with no fear. Now, it’s not safe, even during the day, from what I’ve heard and read. Isn’t diversity grand?

  • CeeMe

    Choke on your multiculturalism. It doesn’t work and has destroyed this country and will continue to destroy it. I suspect that is what these people want. Be proud of your culture, but be an American and stop forcing your culture on everyone else.

    • Someone

      Multiculturalism isn’t an idea or a plan so it’s not whether or not it’s working because it just exists. And the thing that really isn’t working is the people who are fighting the multiculturalism and the diversity. It’s people with their old school ways of thinking and refusal to change with the times that are passed down through generations and generating hate. Also unless you really sit back and thoroughly do your research you only see what they want you to see. It’s institutional and it’s a system that is designed to keep minorities down. Which means most of the time the media is only going to show you the negative and they’re going to show you that in relation to specific people. Do you really think there aren’t Irish or Polish or German, or anybody of European descent or people who were born and raised in Wilkes-Barre out here committing welfare fraud or leaving their kids locked in cars or selling drugs or carrying illegal firearms? It’s not just minorities from out of town but the media wants to paint a certain picture for you and you’re buying it.

      • CeeMe

        You don’t know what you’re talking about and will learn the hard way, what uncontrolled immigration does to this country and future generations. Besides being ignorant, you sound pretty closed minded and hateful. yourself.

  • Spunk

    Are Frackville sex roamers considered a culture? Good luck if they show up – mash mash mash mash mash!

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