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Local Colors: Exploring Multi-Cultural Diversity in Southwest Virginia is a brand new series on Blue Ridge PBS that seeks to highlight the international peoples that call Southwest Virginia home. 
We’ll highlight the lifestyles, and traditions, that make each culture so unique, and celebrate the diversity they bring to our region.

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Philippine-American Association of the Roanoke Valley 

The Philippine-American Association of the Roanoke Valley, PAARV, began in 1976 as a way to help immigrants from the Philippines integrate into American life.

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30TH ANNIVERSARY OF LOCAL COLORS

Take a trip back to when it all began, the very first Local Colors Festival. See how far this event has progressed since Pearl Fu started the annual Roanoke tradition in 1991.

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LAOTIAN NEW YEAR (Pi Mai)

This LOCAL COLORS episode features the New Year celebration of Laos. Known as Pi Mai, it is observed annually in April, and water plays an important role in the festivities.

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PERSIAN NEW YEAR (NOWRUZ)

Learn how the Iranian people celebrate the new year, which begins at the exact time of the Spring Equinox. 

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