The third annual Korean Festival took place over the weekend in Suwanee with wonderful weather on Saturday and Sunday. The festival was hosted by the Korean American Association of Greater Atlanta in Town Center Park and was sponsored by many organizations, including the H-Mart in Suwanee.
Many Suwanee residents, including the Beam family, attended the festivities to teach their kids about diverse cultures. One of the Beam daughters also has a close Korean friend who encouraged her to attend. Others simply attended for the food, fun kids activities including inflatables and a train ride.
Volunteers from throughout the Atlanta area also dressed in traditional Korean garb and participated in the parade. The parade was meant to replicate what a Korean King and Queen parade looks like. Joining the King and Queen were other "royalty," such as princes and princesses as well as their entourage. Part of the entourage included Peachtree Ridge students Daisy Pyo and Christine Cho.
Traditional Korean dances from groups such as the Yang company were featured on the main stage, along with singing contests, dance shows, and trivia games. Tradition met the new generation when a group called Kollaboration took the stage to break dance.
With plenty of food, lots of entertainment, and vendors ranging from makeup to art supplies, the Korean Festival is a great snapshot of the Korean culture.