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Billings celebrate Festival of Cultures

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Billings has an edge over other cities when it comes to celebrating cultural diversity.

That's the thought of the woman who organizes the Rocky Mountain College Festival of Cultures.

Cloggers and other entertainers added to the excitement of the event on the big lawn at the college on Sunday.

Throughout the year, workers at the Institute for Peace Studies visit 3,000 kids in 70 classrooms, introducing them to culture and inviting them to the festival.

According to the institute, celebrating diversity and culture means celebrating family.

The director says the success of the event says a lot about Billings.

"We have challenges," Cindy Kunz, director of the institute, said about Billings. "But it says good things about what's happening in Billings. Most people are open minded. Most people have an inherent respect for a different background. It makes me very proud of Billings."

Kunz said the festival shared many cultures.

"Taste it, see it, smell it, hear it," Kunz said. "You can have Filipino food while you're watching Norwegian dancers as you wander over and make a maraca, it's a good day. We have a lot of cultures represented here, a lot."

The Institute for Peace Studies estimates more than 7,000 people come out for the Festival of Cultures.

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