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Global extravaganza planned for weekend

By Times staff writer

© St. Petersburg Times, published March 7, 2001


ST. PETERSBURG -- Polynesian fire eaters, an Egyptian pyramid, German Oktoberfest dancers and American Indian displays are among the featured entertainment at this weekend's folk fair at the Bayfront Center.

The St. Petersburg International Folk Fair Society is putting on its 26th annual extravaganza, which also will feature food and displays from more than 40 ethnic clubs.

A grand opening and parade of nations is at 1 p.m. Saturday, but the fair actually opens to the public at 3 p.m. Friday.

Student days are today, Thursday and Friday until 2 p.m.

A special guest this year is Mexican consul Martin Torres, who is based in Orlando.

Folk Fair schedule

Main stage

Friday

3 p.m.: Guest Performers, Celtic Singers Dave & Angel

4 p.m.: American Folk Arts, Susan Bayer Haley

5 p.m.: Russian

5:40 p.m.: Gypsy Dancers

6 p.m.: Guest Performers, Call of Polynesia, Fire Dancers

7 p.m.: Empty Hats, Celtic Folk Music, Unplugged But Wired

8 p.m.: Serbian

8:20 p.m.: Haitian dancers

* * *

Saturday

10:20 a.m.: Korean

10:40 a.m.: Vietnamese

11 a.m.: Venezuelan

11:20 a.m.: Haitian Dancers

11:40 a.m.: Laotian

Noon: Chinese

12:20 p.m.: Hawaiian

12:40 p.m.: Hellenic

1 p.m.: Grand opening, parade of nations

2 p.m.: Turkish

2:20 p.m.: Ukrainian

2:40 p.m.: Lithuanian

3 p.m.: Iranian

3:20 p.m.: Finnish

3:40 p.m.: Argentina

4 p.m.: Latvian

4:20 p.m.: Filipino

4:40 p.m.: Mexican

5 p.m.: American Indian

5:20 p.m.: Guest performer, Haitian singer

5:40 p.m.: Korean

6 p.m.: Guest performers, Call of Polynesia, Fire Dancers

7 p.m.: Italian

7:20 p.m.: Portuguese

7:40 p.m.: Serbian

8 p.m.: Vietnamese

8:20 p.m.: Guest Performers, Celtic singers, Dave & Angel

* * *

Sunday

11:20 a.m.: Guest performers, Celtic Singers, Dave & Angel

11:40 a.m.: Finnish

Noon: Peruvian

12:20 p.m.: Guest performer, Haitian singer

12:40 p.m.: Portuguese

1 p.m.: African-American

1:20 p.m.: Guest performer, Haitian singer

1:40 p.m.: Scottish

2 p.m.: German

2:20 p.m.: Irish

2:40 p.m.: SPICE

3 p.m.: Guest performers, Call of Polynesia, Fire Dancers

4 p.m.: American Indian

4:20 p.m.: Israeli

4:40 p.m.: Polish

5 p.m.: Special closing, guest performers from Mexico, Person of Courage award

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