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Folklorama racks up more than 400,000 pavilion visits

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Performers at Folklorama's Philippine Pavilion Monday, August 11.

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Folklorama attracted about 413,000 pavilion visits to the festival’s 43 pavilions.

Preliminary estimates released on Monday show attendance at the 45th annual festival was on par with previous years, including 2013, which included three more pavilions than this year.

The largest and longest-running multicultural festival of its kind in the world ended on Saturday after two weeks of entertainment, authentic cultural food, cultural displays and warm hospitality.

The success "is due to the passion and commitment of our 20,000 incredible volunteers," says Amelia Sheocharan, Folklorama president.

The festival attracted 142 group tours, welcoming visitors from Africa, France, Japan, Korea and the United States. As well, tourists from British Columbia, Ontario and rural Manitoba joined local festival goers to round out a wide variety of tour groups. Group tours included multiple pavilion visits, late night and party tours, as well as cycle tours, accessibility tours – and new this year, walking tours.

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