Lake Charles International Music and Cultural Festival

By Charlie Bartlett - bio | email

LAKE CHARLES, LA (KPLC) - They're sharing it together.  The Lake Charles International Music and Cultural Festival was at Lock Park in downtown Lake Charles.

"What's special about this event is we bring in different cultures together," said Salemah Broussard.

"It's important we have to have it. People need to come out and support. Every city and everybody in life need to have culture," said Awa Thioubou.

"It's special because it's a multicultural festival. We can learn different cultures from around the world when we all come together as one," said Patsy Reeder.

This year's event marks the first time they've had it back in Lake Charles after back to back storms.  Festival director Salemah Broussard says Hurricanes Rita and Ike have made it hard for the festival to go on.

"We had been out a little while because we really took a hard hit.  It was just a God inspired moment to have a family day in the park," said Broussard.

One of the main attractions at the festival was the arts and crafts from both African and Native American cultures.  Each culture is unique and special.  They're sharing it because they want other people to experience it.

"A person must learn to love and respect the culture of another in order to respect their own culture," said Nancy Shepard.

"We need to learn things about other people and how they deal with life," said Broussard.

Learning from each other about what makes us all so unique.

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