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Your home town's unique festivals and customs

brian_eggleston
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3/29/2012 9:43:29 AM
Posted: 4 years ago
Are there any festivals or traditions that are peculiar to your home town?

Last weekend I visited my home town near Newcastle in North East England when Carlin Day was taking place. So what is Carlin Day?

Well, in the 17th Century, Newcastle was situated at the very edge of the civilised world, only a short distance from England's border with Scotland, and early in 1644 hordes of kilt-wearing savages surged across the border, swept south and laid siege to the town.

In the weeks of the siege the only commodities in plentiful supply in Newcastle were rum and a type of small brown bean called carlins, which were steeped in water overnight, fried in butter and served drenched in the rum.

Every Passion Sunday, or Carlin Day, since then, to commemorate the liberation of the city, Geordies (natives of Newcastle and the surrounding districts) celebrate by eating carlins, although these days they are more often served with salt and vinegar than rum.

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3/29/2012 9:46:07 AM
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At 3/29/2012 9:44:17 AM, brian_eggleston wrote:
In before the usual wags: "cool story bro'"

We have Mayfest here in Myrtle Beach. And there are bike rallies and a ton of Easter parades and Sun Fun. There are so many of these festivals, I have lost count. But this state is amazing and beautiful, too.
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3/29/2012 10:22:18 AM
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At 3/29/2012 9:44:17 AM, brian_eggleston wrote:
In before the usual wags: "cool story bro'":

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3/29/2012 10:30:50 AM
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SXSW festival

That's "South by SouthWest"
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3/29/2012 11:16:10 AM
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At 3/29/2012 10:30:50 AM, PARADIGM_L0ST wrote:
SXSW festival

That's "South by SouthWest"

What happens there? Is there anything unique?
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3/29/2012 12:33:35 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
Neat thread! Since I don't have the time or money to take a worldwide vacation, the next best step is living vicariously :)

My home town has Go-Go festivals, which are a type of music exclusive to our area. It originated with this man named Chuck Brown back in the 80's. This is for the hip hop heads, for the rock heads, we have this thing called the HFStival which is a conglomerate of local and mainstream rock bands.

Then I go down the road a bit to DC, and the events and festivals are innumerous... I wouldn't even know where to begin. The ones that I enjoy are the cultural festivals. Last year, I went to a filipino festival and middle eastern food festival.
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3/29/2012 3:30:55 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 3/29/2012 3:24:14 PM, nonentity wrote:
Caribbana, but I never go and I wouldn't recommend it. It's a Caribbean festival/parade that typically ends with gunshots...

In Anhoui-dong, Hamgyong-bukto, Korea, North, where you live? Or in your home town from whence you moved?
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3/29/2012 3:35:35 PM
Posted: 4 years ago
At 3/29/2012 3:30:55 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
At 3/29/2012 3:24:14 PM, nonentity wrote:
Caribbana, but I never go and I wouldn't recommend it. It's a Caribbean festival/parade that typically ends with gunshots...

In Anhoui-dong, Hamgyong-bukto, Korea, North, where you live? Or in your home town from whence you moved?

Haha yes, I currently reside in North Korea but I was talking about Toronto, Canada.
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3/29/2012 3:37:40 PM
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During the Summertime in Milwaukee, we have a bunch of lake side festivals, the most popular being Summerfest..

http://www.summerfest.com...

There are a bunch of connecting events during the summer too here, Festa Italiana, Pride fest, Polish fest, German Fest, Bastille days, African world festival, Irish fest, Mexican Fiesta, and Indian Summer.
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3/29/2012 3:44:28 PM
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At 3/29/2012 3:37:40 PM, airmax1227 wrote:
During the Summertime in Milwaukee, we have a bunch of lake side festivals, the most popular being Summerfest..

http://www.summerfest.com...

There are a bunch of connecting events during the summer too here, Festa Italiana, Pride fest, Polish fest, German Fest, Bastille days, African world festival, Irish fest, Mexican Fiesta, and Indian Summer.

ahh that's cool!! fireworks over a lake/any body of water is nice.
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3/29/2012 3:53:26 PM
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At 3/29/2012 3:44:28 PM, Lickdafoot wrote:
At 3/29/2012 3:37:40 PM, airmax1227 wrote:
During the Summertime in Milwaukee, we have a bunch of lake side festivals, the most popular being Summerfest..

http://www.summerfest.com...

There are a bunch of connecting events during the summer too here, Festa Italiana, Pride fest, Polish fest, German Fest, Bastille days, African world festival, Irish fest, Mexican Fiesta, and Indian Summer.

ahh that's cool!! fireworks over a lake/any body of water is nice.

Yup.. It's really fun to get a boat and go out on the lake and watch them. There are usually hundreds of boats in the Marina and outside of it during fire works shows. Especially the 'big bang' which is the July 4th fire works show. But nearly all the festivals have some kind of fire works. I remember Festa Italiana one year being the most impressive for some reason.
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3/29/2012 3:58:15 PM
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At 3/29/2012 3:37:40 PM, airmax1227 wrote:
During the Summertime in Milwaukee, we have a bunch of lake side festivals, the most popular being Summerfest..

http://www.summerfest.com...

There are a bunch of connecting events during the summer too here, Festa Italiana, Pride fest, Polish fest, German Fest, Bastille days, African world festival, Irish fest, Mexican Fiesta, and Indian Summer.

What? No English celebration? If not, why not?
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3/29/2012 4:01:17 PM
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At 3/29/2012 3:58:15 PM, brian_eggleston wrote:
At 3/29/2012 3:37:40 PM, airmax1227 wrote:
During the Summertime in Milwaukee, we have a bunch of lake side festivals, the most popular being Summerfest..

http://www.summerfest.com...

There are a bunch of connecting events during the summer too here, Festa Italiana, Pride fest, Polish fest, German Fest, Bastille days, African world festival, Irish fest, Mexican Fiesta, and Indian Summer.

What? No English celebration? If not, why not?

I'm not really sure... I suppose it might be because we don't have a large English population here. But someone should def. start lobbying for it.
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