Festival of Nations stays afloat amidst rain

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PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Despite a bit of a washout in Portland on Sunday, the 11th annual Festival of Nations stayed afloat in Deering Oaks Park.

Maine's most ethnically diverse city is celebrating that which makes it unique.

Portland's Festival of Nations is a first for Anthony Sancle. He says the crafts he is selling are from his first home in Kenya.

"I love Portland city. Portland city is one of my favorite cities. I know it's very art friendly, and most of the items that I have... That's the kind of crowd that I want," says Sancle. "I can feel the good vibe already."

Meanwhile across the way...
These people are practicing the meditation technique, Sahaja Yoga.

"It's a mothering energy that's within us. And anybody at home can put their hands out right now and experience this," says Jerry Mayfield from Windham. "And just ask this mothering energy within us. Mother please rise and give me self-realization."

Haven Lindsay says of her experience, "I tingle. He said I may or may not. And I feel good!"

For others the lure here is their sense of taste.

"To get some international foods. Particularly the curry."

Indian Palace keeps shop on Congress Street.

"This is lamb curry. All the spices in here. And this is chicken curry."

Organizers for the Festival of Nations say about half of expected vendors did not attend because of the rain.


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