PLENTY of folks took in Folklorama in Winnipeg this year.
The annual summer festival of global culture drew 416,600 visitors to the 46 pavilions over the two-week event, preliminary figures that are slightly up over last year. The festival drew just over 405,000 people to the 43 pavilions in 2012.
Those three extra pavilions are one reason for the slight uptick in numbers, organizers say.
Another reason for the 11,600-person bump in attendance: the calendar. Last summer, Folklorama went up against the 2012 Summer Olympics, which kept more people at home in front of their television sets. In 2011, attendance reached 432,000 (45 pavilions).
The 2013 Folklorama, which wrapped up Saturday, saw visitors from around the world, with performing groups from Brazil, Colombia, Cuba, Hungary, Jamaica, Mexico, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine and the United States making the trip to Manitoba for the 44th annual celebration.
Next year's Folklorama is scheduled for Aug. 3-16.