Everybody grab your passports and your walking shoes because the World of Nations 25th Celebration is coming to Jacksonville March 3-5, 2017. Whether it’s sunny or pouring, this event is happening!

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What is the World of Nations?

The World of Nations is a celebration of nations that takes place downtown for a weekend (Friday thru Sunday). At this event, several people from different ethnic backgrounds will come out to represent their country by introducing visitors to their cuisines, artistry and customs. It’s a good way to explore and learn something new about countries you’ve always wanted to visit like Greece or Italy. You can even come discover and learn about countries you’ve never heard of or know little about.

According to their page, the City of Jacksonville and local multicultural friends will bring the world to you with this fascinating cultural destination that showcases the unique diversity of our planet, and puts the wonderful sights, sounds and tastes of different nations within your reach.

So yes, there will be plenty of ethnic food and music to enjoy.

Who is going to be there?

This year’s list of participating countries hasn’t been released yet. However, the list from 2016 is a good example of what to expect for this year. Last year, countries such as the Bahamas, Taiwan, Ecuador, Venezuela and Poland participated in the celebration.

What events are happening during the celebration?

Everyday is dedicated to something different and meaningful to the celebration of cultural diversity in the River City.

The Friday Night Celebration is taking place on their first night of celebration, starting at 6 p.m. and going through 11 p.m. During this event, people 21 years and older will get to enjoy a fun-filled night of cultural excitement featuring several performances and a concert (age verification will take place at the entry gates).

The Naturalization Ceremony will follow on Saturday, March 4. On this day, you will get the opportunity to witness the commemorative ceremony where 50 people are sworn in as U.S. citizens. It’s a great way to celebrate our very own nation and warmly welcome newcomers.

On the last day, the Parade of Flags will march. Each countries’ representatives will dress-up in their authentic traditional clothing, greet people in their native tongue and proudly parade around waving their flag. Considering that Jacksonville was ranked #45 in the ‘Best Places to Live,’ this event will showcase the rich cultural diversity and add to the list of reasons why Jacksonville is so great.

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When and Where?

The celebration will take place at 1410 Gator Bowl Blvd., Jacksonville, FL 32202. It’s next to EverBank Field in Metropolitan Park. The tickets (which you can find here) went on sale February 1 and can still be purchased online in advance or at the gate during the event.

During the Friday Night Celebration, if you purchase your tickets in advance, they’ll cost $10, but they’ll cost $15 if purchased at the gate. However, on Saturday and Sunday, admission will only be $5 per person and all children under 3 are free.