Travel the globe in less time than it normally takes to make an airline reservation when strolling through the International Festival Avenue of Nations. Get your name written in Chinese or learn about the diverse and ancient culture of India at the Avenue of Nations, the place to get acquainted with Spartanburg's international community. Visit each country's booth and ask questions, and there’s even a list of questions posted at each booth in case you really don't know what to ask.
One of the International Festival's featured attractions, the Avenue of Nations is also the place where kids stop to get their passports stamped, and offers a chance for some Upstate residents to take a trip "back home" and reconnect with their roots. See one-of-a-kind artifacts, beautiful clothing, and authentic memorabilia as you meet people from all over the world.
Since 2007, a country (or continent) has been selected by International Cultures of Spartanburg to be the honored country for the International Festival. The culture of the honored country is represented in various ways throughout the festival, including being located at the front entrance to the park with 8-10 displays representing the country.
Mexico is the honored country for the 2016 festival.
Past Honories include:
2009: Continent of Africa
2010: Continent of South America
Parade of Nations
It’s a scene reminiscent of a Disney Parade or the opening ceremony of the Olympics when festival-goers line the sidewalks for the annual Parade of Nations, held at 2 pm. Festival participants from our Avenue of Nations educational booths and our stage performers all join in to be part of the parade, displaying signs with their country's name, carrying their country’s flag, and following the winding sidewalks through the park.
If you only have a short time during the day to visit the festival, you definitely don't want to miss the parade
Countries Represented in Avenue of Nations 2016
- Costa Rica
- Czech Republic
- Jamaica W.I.
- Laos/ Hmong
- South Africa