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Houston International Festival
Out of Africa
by Jim and Lynda Guidry
Friday, April 18, 2008

photos by Lynda Guidry

The Houston International Festival has officially begun.  Masters of ceremony included television news anchors from seven Houston Television stations.  Greg Hurst of KHOU-TV, Channel 11, welcomed the crowd and introduced the Sister Cities of Houston Children's International Parade. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

The other emcees were Marcello Marini of KTMD-TV, Channel 47; Jerome Gray, KPRC-TV, Channel 2; Mia Gradney, KHCW-TV, Channel 39; Marine Hernandez, KXLN-TV, Channel 45; Isiah Carey, KRIV-TV, Channel 26; and Gina Gaston, KTRK-TV, Channel 13.

Speakers included Houston International Festival Foundation, Inc. Chair Jew Don Boney; His Excellency Berhan Hailu, Minister of Information for Ethiopia; and Houston Mayor Pro Tem Adrian Garcia.  The speeches were followed by a performance by the National Dance Theater of Ethiopia.

United States Representative Sheila Jackson Lee brought an official proclamation from Washington, D.C. to the ceremony. Listen: RealPlayer  MP3

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