Do you watch those travel shows on PBS where the tourists and their camera crews go to these wonderfully worldly and dangerous places? You know, they're always eating bugs for dinner as ferocious animals look on, and they're usually sleeping outside in the sweltering heat -- those trips can't be as enjoyable as the onscreen adventurers make them out to be. If you like your international fun a little more comfortable and a lot closer to home, visit the southeast corner of Tower Grove Park (near the intersection of Arsenal Street and Grand Boulevard) from 10:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday, July 24, and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday, July 25, for the International Institute's Festival of Nations. What's cool about this festival (in addition to the fact that it's held beneath shade trees) is that it specifically celebrates the ethnic diversity we have around us every day in St. Louis. Start your Saturday at 10 a.m. by watching the Parade of Nations travel along Grand, then go ahead and follow it into the park. Dance performances and lessons, concerts, crafts, and food await you, and so does an international petting zoo! You know, petting animals is much nicer than hiding from them. For more... More >>>
By Mark Poutenis
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