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August 16, 2013

Hello! and welcome to the 39th Annual Birmingham Ethnic Festival. We are so happy to be able to bring you two full days of enjoyment again this year and welcome you to Birmingham for this celebration of heritage, friends, good times and great food!

Due to a series of events that happened here nearly 40 years ago, members of the Birmingham neighborhood came together to protect the heart of our community and its best interests – a responsibility which continues today. The Birmingham Ethnic Festival is our way to celebrate the diversity of our neighborhood, to thank our friends and neighbors for their continued support.

As the first Birmingham Ethnic Festival book states: Our intention is to point to the spirit of the original ethnic settlers in Birmingham. Their cooperation and unity of purpose was the foundation for the building of this community. The motivating purpose of the early settlers was their faith in the American ideal of success being equally available to all who are willing to work toward that end. The Birmingham Ethnic Festival is an outgrowth of pride and enthusiasm of the Birmingham community, and its desire to share with greater Toledo a taste of the ethnic flavor which has so permeated the neighborhood. This pride has been a factor of great cohesiveness, sustaining the neighborhood through many threats to its very existence. The Birmingham neighborhood has shown a concerted and serious attention to the betterment of the community, to the projects of beautification, renovation and preservation. This festival seeks, through its activities, to provide a means whereby the aspirations of the Birmingham community may be realized as fully as possible in the future.

Schedule Items to take note of this year include:

12PM Saturday, August 17 – Cake Walkin Jazz Band Parade

4PM Saturday, August 17 – 18th Annual Waiters Race at VFW 4906

12PM Sunday, August 18 – Recognition Ceremonies at St. Stephen’s Church

We are glad to have the opportunity to thank all the people who made this year’s Festival possible. Thank you for your support of the Birmingham neighborhood through your attendance at the Birmingham Festival. If this is your first time, there is a lot to see! If this is your 39th time, we can’t wait to show you what we have in store next year!

Köszönöm, and thank you!

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