Folkmoot USA is an international festival that visits Western NC,Waynesville, NC to be more specific, each year bringing dancers & muscians from many different countries. According to the Folkmoot brochure, over 350 dancers & musicians get to perform & enjoy our great weather here in the mountains, as we get to learn more about their customs. Last year, we had the privilege of enjoying the Folkmoot Parade which takes place in Downtown Waynesville & this year's parade is scheduled July 17th @ 1pm. I recall the Frenchmen walking tall in their stilts & the Chinese drumming away as they stroll past us. It was hot, but a great delight to be able to witness all the festivities. After the parade, all the groups gather for a mini performance in front of the old courthouse steps & the energy & excitement spreads quickly throughout the spectators. I especially remember my son's balloon flying up into a tree & the Frenchmen on stilts trying to recover it for him. The balloon was never recovered because it was too high, but my son did end up getting a bigger balloon from a spectator who felt bad for his loss..
This year's invitations include...
SPAIN, GREECE, SERBIA, KENYA, ROMANIA, ISRAEL, INDIA, MEXICO & the NETHERLANDS
For more info, CLICK HERE to visit their website