Monday, June 27, 2016

Multiculturalism

Considering what messes are going on around the world, politically and socially, the idea of nationalities coming together to celebrate each other's cultures seems BIG and NECESSARY and VITAL to the peace and sanity of us all.

Theresa Reed (aka The Tarot Lady) ran a whole series of lines like these a while back. I loved them!
Here's an example:
LESS BLAME, MORE GAME

I would like to add, in honour of Windsor's Carrousel of Nations event running every June:
LESS FEAR, MORE BEER.

LAST WEEKEND 
At the Scottish Club on Saturday:
I ordered a beer and watched the Scottish Country Dancers demo team. Got dragged onto the floor for an audience participation number. I learned that I am woefully out of shape!
Next up was one of the Irish Dance schools. A former piano student whirled, kicked, and stomped her way through some amazing moves and flashy footwork! Her dad bought me a beer, and the three of us chatted about old times.
Sunday at the Hungarian Centre:
Former and current students whirled their crinolined skirts in some traditional Hungarian dances while I ate a deep-fried l├íngos, aka elephant's ear.
Next on the stage, exuberant Ukrainian groups from Windsor and Detroit, and elegant Chinese dancers.

THIS WEEKEND
Little Italy on Saturday evening:
The Italian business section closes off the main street - walking on the road always feels so dangerously decadent!
Ate a deep-fried rice ball while a Dean-Martin-ish crooner and his band sang nearby. Then gelato (big line-up, so I got 2 flavours - lemon and hazelnut - to make up for the wait) and a fashion show which began at the storefront and carried on out into the street. The models were all shapes, sizes, ages, nationalities; yay!
Sunday to the Greek Village:
Spinach pie, honey balls, the Mythos band, and a dance floor full of the under-six ground jumping and gyrating to the music. Great entertainment!

The time is up for Carrousel 2016, and all its volunteers - cooks, organizers, dancers, singers, food-and-drink-sellers, and tent-setter-uppers - can rest their weary selves for another year.



Which deck to mirror this kind of pitching in, everyone welcome, cultural free-for-all?
These 4 cards seem to portray the convivial communal mixed-ethnicity spirit I was looking for.



Until next year then:
LESS FEAR, MORE BEER!
LESS BLAME, MORE GAME!