Avenue of Nations
Travel the globe in less time than it normally takes to make an airline reservation when strolling through the International Festival Avenue of Nations. Learn about diverse and ancient cultures at the Avenue of Nations, the place to get acquainted with Spartanburg's international community. Visit each country's booth and ask questions as you travel from country to country right here in Downtown Spartanburg.
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.
Parade of Nations
It's a scene reminiscent of a Disney Parade or the opening ceremony of the Olympics when the 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.
2023 Avenue of Nations
- 1 Belarus Halina Palukoshka
- 2 Romania Dorotea Gabel
- 3 Sweden Laura Karas
- 4 Denmark Beverly Adamson
- 5 Spain Silvia Rica & Aixa Anderson
- 6 Germany Beate Pirchmoser & Mark Mezger
- 7 France Monique & Bill Glass
- 8 Czech Republic Lyle Campbell
- 9 South Africa Maptiso Rivera
- 10 Kenya Sylglenda Saziru & Naz Saziru
- 11 MENA (Middle East & North Africa) Wofford College
- 12 Hmong / Laos Georgia Parker
- 13 Turkey Fikret Burgazli & Yuksel Sonmez
- 14 Philippines Jasmine Long
- 15 South Korea Youmi Efurd & Sara Yoon
- 16 Haití Sammuel Jean
- 17 Jamaica Caveril Pryce
- 18 Paraguay Carolina Recalde
- 19 Brazil Luciana Lord & Juliane Rabuske
- 20 Panamá Martha Dupes
- 21 Mexico Angela Castillo & Lili
- 22 USA Ron Stanley
- 23 Canada Douglas A. Jackson