The Fort Worth community sampled flavors of the world at the International Student Association’s Carnival, Rio De Janeiro at St. Andrews Church over the weekend.
About 200 Fort Worth residents, including TCU students and staff, attended the event on Saturday night, said Corley Padgett, communication chair of ISA.
The carnival lasted three hours and featured a mixture of performances, a banquet of international foods and a global fashion show.
TCU’s chapter of ISA includes both international and American students who gather to learn about each other’s heritages and make cross-cultural friendships, according to their website.
The evening began with a literal taste of diversity via a buffet style dinner that offered international cuisine from the cultures of India, Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico, Italy and beyond.
Dinner was popular among guests, with trays of food scraped clean before many reached the buffet. The food was a highlight, said Tami Tovar, a junior biochemistry major.
The amount of cultural variety in the food and performances surpassed that of past years, said Mai Tran, a senior communication studies major who has attended the event several times.
Members of ISA, Chords for Kids and Cheng Ming Martial Arts performed in the various musical, dancing and demonstrative acts.
The members of ISA aim to encourage cultural awareness and racial diversity throughout Fort Worth and TCU through this annual international banquet, Padgett said.
Multicultural awareness allows people to diversify their tastes and learn about themselves, said Ashley Monismith, the ISA president.
“After a while you meet all these different people and try all the different foods and you realize, ‘I’m missing out on a lot of stuff,’” she said.
The end of the banquet featured a fashion show of ISA members wearing customary and popular outfits either from their culture or from cultures that interest them.
The event was a great display of different nations and fashions, said Qian Liu, a freshman music major.
“I would like to see more events like this, this is a neat way to do things, and I like that people came in traditional clothes,” Tovar said.
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