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November 21, 2016 by  
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The 11th Annual Las Vegas Culture Fest delights big crowds at the downtown Fremont Street Experience.

Incredible tastes, delicious smells and amazing sounds took over the Fremont Street Experience recently — as the 11th Annual Las Vegas Culture Fest drew more than 20,000 locals and tourists downtown to Third and Ogden for two days of food and entertainment. It was a display of cross-cultural unity and celebration sponsored by ABC Channel 13, Findlay Chevrolet, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Fresh Empire, KCEP 88.1 FM, Caesars Entertainment and Las Vegas Black Image Magazine.

With a theme of Diversity in Nevada’s Workforce, Culture Fest arrived at a time when a divisive political environment made the free festival’s mission — bringing people together in love, harmony and respect — more relevant than ever before.

“It is our belief that we must create events that bring people into their own streets to fellowship and defy the ills of separatism,” said Culture Fest founders Charles Tureaud and Kimberly Bailey Tureaud.

Over 40 vendors sold food and products to festival-goers, while nonstop entertainment punctuated the gathering of people from everywhere.

“Our goal eleven years ago was to create a festival that showcased the great diversity of Las Vegas,” said Charles Tureaud. “For an entire year, we reached out to local and national minority business owners to secure their participation and represent as many diverse groups as possible.”

The combination of joy and fun makes Culture Fest resonate deeply with people everywhere.

“Las Vegas’ incredibly diverse workforce contributes to the city’s global attractiveness and generates economic sustainability,” said Kimberly Bailey Tureaud. “We are honored to ignite the positive energy of all people coming together each year on Fremont Street Experience for Las Vegas Culture Fest.”

Ariella Azmarellda Blu & Band perform at LV Culture Fest

11th Annual Las Vegas Culture Fest on Fremont Street Experience

A cultural array of vendors.

African dancers perform at LV Culture Fest.

Attendees enjoy foods at LV Culture Fest.

Century 21’s team at LV Culture Fest

Channel 13 anchor Carla Wade greets community youth Jessa Sosa at LV Culture Fest.

Chester and Robin Whitley enjoy LV Culture Fest with their son.

Community youth Brandon and Jessa sell water at LV Culture Fest.

Mario’s Westside Market and Catering team

Deejay Curtis Icebreak Brass and friend at Culture Fest.

Myles Hemphill performs at Culture Fest with Kim Flower’s agency

Nevada Health Link at LV Culture Fest

Oscar, owner of Mexico Lindo

Diverse vendors participate at LV Culture Fest.

Participating vendor at LV Culture Fest

Visiting tourists Meta, Felicia, Gwynne, and Brenda attend LV Culture Fest.

Karlos, a performer at LV Culture Fest

Vendor Chase and husband showcase their dresses

Vendor Cassandra Black, owner of HH Barbeque

Accompanied by his girifriend, Ricco of the jazz band Infusion enjoys LV Culture Fest

Ruben Banks, a representative of Findlay Chevrolet speaks at Culture Fest.

Soulmantizs perform at LV Culture Fest

The KCEP Power 88.1 FM’s Morning Mayham team host LV Culture Fest

DJ So Hype and Fresh Empire encourages young people not to smoke.

Families enjoy LV Culture Fest on Fremont Street Experience.

Floyd Mayweather’s personal barber, Jackie Starr, and Anthona McNeil.

Fresh Empire excites the LV Culture Fest crowd with their vendor booth

Fremont Street Experience security

Food vendor 3rd Generation Hot Tamales at LV Culture Fest.

Gospel performer, Pat Pennington band, perform at LV Culture Fest

Food Vendor Potato Corner at LV Culture Fest.

Food vendor Debbie Crab Cakes at LV Culture Fest.

Hank Black of HH Barbeque at Culture Fest downtown

Kim Flowers Agency showcases youth fashion show at LV Culture Fest

Iesha Spinks performs at LV Culture Fest

Kanesha Matlock’s Las Vegas Nova dance team performs at the 11th Annual Las Vegas Culture Fest

Lorretta Wolmack

LV Culture Fest founder Kimberly Bailey Tureaud and assistant, April Brandshaw, coordinated two days of entertainment at LV Culture Fest.

LV Culture Fest youth model

LV Culture Fest youth model

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