Dozens of neighborhood families attended a multicultural celebration at Mountain View Elementary School Friday night, enjoying food, music and dance.
Neighborhood organizations and school business partners set up tables in the building’s main corridor, and families snapped photos in a “selfie booth” by the front door. Dinner — everything from kalawele, sambusak and enchiladas to chicken pad thai, frybread and smoked salmon — was provided by 11 local businesses and community members.
After Earl Darko performed the national anthem to rousing cheers, there were performances by Nyagoa Puoch and Nyayang Kueth, breakdancers, a local Israeli dance troupe and a group from the Alaska Native Cultural Charter School. Three students took the stage to sing the Uso Song, and Alaska Celtic Pipes & Drums ended the show with a performance of Amazing Grace.
But the highlight of the celebration came at the end of the evening, when more than two dozen students marched into the gym for the annual flag parade. As the room filled with pop music and applause, the kids waved flags from Somalia, Suriname, Sudan, the Dominican Republic, Ghana, Germany, Mexico, Puerto Rico, Israel, Japan, the United States and other countries.
Then, they took the parade outside, where cars driving down McPhee Street slowed to watch the colorful display on the school’s front lawn.