City of many faces

Apr. 27, 2013 @ 04:55 PM

High school student Fernanda Cruz traveled from Asheboro to High Point today so she could enjoy a downtown festival celebrating people like those in her family.
Born in Mexico, Cruz came with her family from Mexico to the United States when the Southwestern Randolph High School student was 2 years old. Now 15, Cruz cherishes her adopted homeland.
“It’s a place where you have plenty of opportunities, where you have a chance to learn and succeed,” the teenager said as she waited for her sister, Alicia Cruz, to dance as part of the ninth annual HiFest celebration.
Dozens of people representing an array of backgrounds gathered at the Mendenhall Transportation Terminal in the heart of the High Point Market district this afternoon. They listened to music and enjoyed dances from performers representing cultures from continents and regions of the world such as Africa, Asia and Central America.
People of all ages and ethnic backgrounds clapped to the rhythmic music of different cultures, while others danced in front of the temporary stage situated adjacent to the International Home Furnishings Center.
A group of interracial children chased a miniature orange Frisbee, yelling with delight as they scampered after the hard piece of plastic.
The city of High Point Human Relations Department organizes HiFest to recognize and highlight the diverse cultures of the city and Piedmont in a festive setting.
This year’s festival featured a historical twist. Representatives with the University of North Carolina Institute for the Study of the Americas sat at a concrete table near the High Point Theatre, taking the oral histories of immigrants to the region. The oral historians may post some of the edited profiles of immigrants on the YouTube website, organizers of the event say.

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