48th Celebrating Family Community Festival at the Anacostia Community Museum

Rain did not stop over 600 people from attending the Anacostia Community Museum’s Fall Family Day on September 12, 2015. ¬†This year’s theme was Celebrating Cultural Diversity. To that end, we found stilt-walkers, Irish dancers, steel drum players, African story tellers and Panamanian folk dancers mingling, dancing, performing, and playing together as you can see below.

 

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Polleras were swinging in the Anacostia Community Museum program room where a traditional Panamanian Dance group, Danzas y Ritmos captivated the audience.

Chef Joel was on hand from Martha's Table to show how to prepare delicious affordable food.

Chef Joel was on hand from Martha’s Table to show how to prepare delicious affordable food.

Nathan Gillmeister enjoyed the attentions of an older woman, Irish step dancer, Audrey Liberta.

Nathan Gillmeister enjoyed the attentions of an older woman, Irish step dancer, Audrey Liberta.

 

A young pirate steals the show.

A young pirate steals the show.

An African storyteller draws on the crowd to act out her tales.

An African storyteller draws on the crowd to act out her tales.

Pan Lara steel drummers livened up the program midday.

Pan Lara steel drummers livened up the program midday.

Plenty of arts and crafts kept the kids occupied.

Plenty of arts and crafts kept the kids occupied.

 

Irish dancing.

Irish dancing.

A henna artist drew on participants.

A henna artist drew on participants.

Members of the Massachusetts 54th Voluntary Infantry Regiment B were on hand to provide some context to the exhibit Washington during the Civil War.

Members of the Massachusetts 54th Voluntary Infantry Regiment B were on hand to provide some context to the exhibit Washington during the Civil War.

A rousing final from the Broeslin School of Irish Dance

A rousing final from the Broeslin School of Irish Dance

The crowd enjoyed the diverse entertainment.

The crowd enjoyed the diverse entertainment.

The polleras, the colorful dresses worn by Panamanian dancers brightened up a rainy day.

The polleras, the colorful dresses worn by Panamanian dancers brightened up a rainy day.