We want to share with you some testimonials:

“Great festival Saturday. Hope you are getting a well-deserved rest now! Please keep me posted on your plans for next year”

David Dietrich – 2012


“Congratulations Ximena. Thanks to you the World Parade was a great success”

Elisabeth Lenain-Faulstich – 2012


FELICITACIONES por el Exito del Festival!

Astrid Chirinos, Latin-American Chamber of Commerce – 2012


Mrs. Ximena,

“I would like to thank you again for allowing me to be a part of your festival this year. Congratulations on a super turnout during your first year. I pray that this is the first of many annual international festivals in Charlotte. You are the pioneer of this festival and you should take a sense of pride for uniting people of different cultures. You helped educate and expose people to many different nationalities, food, music, and customs. I look forward to being a part of your event next year. Again, thanks for allowing me in this year’s festival and I look forward to seeing you next year.”

Lou Torres, CocoCrissi Tropical Icees – 2012


“I just wanted to drop a note and say that I did come by the festival on Saturday. Congratulations on a great event! I really enjoyed trying the Bosnian food and the kid dancers were cute!”

Raeshika Jones, Fox News – 2013


“Thank you for making it possible for Haiti to be represented at the World Parade Festival yesterday. Your suggestion to bring the map was very instrumental. It gave not just children but adult as well the opportunity to locate different countries on the globe.

Ximena, your leadership in this effort has truly paid off, making the World Parade Festival a very successful event.”

Suzanne Simmons, Haiti – 2013


“What a great day! The festival was wonderful – thanks so much for letting us be a part of it. The entire ukulele group had a blast, as did all of our families and friends in attendance. Looking forward to seeing what you have planned for next year!”

Many Thanks,

Tim & Sarah – 2013


“We did better than last year. Good sign. The Charlotte Observer had a great article on Saturday. Good promotion.

Stay well,”

Bob Schweikert, Germany – 2013


“Thanks so much for inviting me to MC the event. I had a really good time and thought the festival came together well.”

Tina Terry, WOSC TV – 2013


“Hi Ximena, It was wonderful to see the World Parade and to meet people from many countries and to participate in the Festival the last two years with games for children and we are looking forward to participating again this year.”

Gene Stewart, President, Charlotte International Rotary Club – 2013