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Indiana Bicentennial Celebration 2016

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Legacy Projects > Ethnic Expo Ethnic Expo

When it began, Ethnic Expo was nothing but a big dream in the hearts of a small group of Columbus volunteers and city officials. The festival was founded in 1984 when a committee was formed to organize a unique Columbus Day celebration for the city. The organizers envisioned this to be more than a parade or a street fair, they wanted to feature the city’s diverse ethnic heritage and to make the celebration a tool for understanding different cultures and customs. Mayor Robert N. Stewart sanctioned the festival as an official city function and the festival was off and running.