ON SUNDAY, MAY 25, 2014

April 21, 2014
Anne Marie Weiss-Armush

On Sunday May 25, 2014 DFW International Community Alliance will introduce to the DFW region a new celebration of global cultures: International Children's Day and May Day.  The free family event will be held inside the lobby of the AT&T Performing Arts Center (Windspear Opera House) in the Dallas Arts District, 2403 Flora St., Dallas 75201 from 1 pm to 5 pm.   International Children's Day offers dozens of exciting interative ways for children and adults to explore our global cultures and is sponsored by the AFL-CIO Dallas, by Our Walmart, and by the United Food and Commercial Workers union. 

The Honorary Chairs for International Children's Day are Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Dallas Mayor Pro Tem Tennell Atkins. and Dallas Deputy Mayor Pro Tem Monica Alonzo and together they will lead the May Day Parade of Nations that leaves the Windspear at 4:30pm.  All children who attend wearing in traditional dress who walk with their flags will receive prizes.  

Among the twenty five global organizations that participating in this event are;  ASCEND from UTD (China), Eurasian Association (Russia), the Korean Women's International Network, The Persian Cultural Center, the Dallas Japanese Association and the Sikh Temple of North Texas.  Activities included are name-writing in seven global scripts and hands-on craft activities such as carpet-making from Iran, Malaysan batik, loom weaving from Ethiopia, Kraslice Easter egg painting from the Czech Republic, Mexican paper flower making, and Mayan number games.  Chidlren can play the GlobalQuest game and try to use some of the antique labor-saving machines like cash registers and meat grinders.  

Billy Myers Our Walmart coordinator for the United Food and Commercial Workers International says "When Our Walmart had the opportunity to cosponsor The International Children's Day festival, it created a lot of excitement for our associates across Dallas and Fort Worth.  DFW International Community Alliance is an outstanding organization that connects the 44% of our residents who are New Americans.  Our Walmart and other unions are proud to be part of this global celebration and to work with them to create fun interactive job-related that build respect for parents' work."

DFW International Community Alliance is the portal for global North Texas, a network of 1,600 of the regions ethnic and internationally-focused civic, community and educational organizations. Its mission is to build mutual understanding and respect by linking diverse international cultural communities. The organization also produces Fiesta Latinoamericana!, a series of Guides for New Americans, ESL Citizenship classes, and a series of educational intiatives for immigrant integration.  It promotes and links North Texas global groups through its website and cultural calendar at . For more details about DFW International Community Alliance, see the media page at or call 972-661-2764. High resolution images are available.