March 6, Wednesday. Call time is 4:30PM at Discovery Square. Employees were excused to leave 30 minutes early to join the parade. This is not the first time a parade was held, but the first time to be held in the afternoon (the past several years it was always being held in the morning as a school event) and as a community event.
It is nice to see flags of nations proudly displayed and represented by equally cheerful nationals wearing country-inspired clothing and colors, including traditional dresses and costumes.
Capturing national banners at Discovery Square, while preparing for the start of the parade.
Community members preparing to march
The host country, Saudi Arabia, delegates proudly marching with their national flag.
First half of the community members at the venue.
The other half of community members as they approach the venue.
The solid Filipino Community entering the arena
“Citizens of the World March Together” an annual event of The KAUST School, with full support from the Community.
Community members gather to listen to program speakers. Nice to see flags flying side by side.
The Philippine Flag flying amidst the Saudi Arabia afternoon desert breeze.
Filipina girls, dressed in conservative national dress “Filipiniana”
The Filipino boys clothed on fiery red national costume.
Country representatives performed on stage. “Bulaklakan Dance” performed by Filipino kids is a crowd favorite.
Sophie is having her “passport” stamped at USA booth, while Rinojo is occupied playing with the boys.
Sophia with her classmate from Serbia
Sophie’s teacher in K1, teaching her traditional greeting in Sri Lanka. “Ayubowan”.
Malaysian kids cheerfully playing with their national flag
A souvenir photo of Sophie with her friend from Indonesia
A souvenir shot with Sophie with a friend from India
My personal favorite photo. Posing with the wonderful people from Kazakhstan. I wish soon I can visit their country and other countries that ends with “stan”.
Rinojo never got tired carrying our Flag, with pride.
At home after the march. Since we can not have a nice family photo, no thanks to the hyperactive Sophie and Rinojo, why not have a wacky photo instead.
Feels like we are in the Olympics or in the United Nations, but is it just another day in our community of diverse nationalities here in Thuwal, proudly representing our countries, sharing our rich cultures. Mabuhay!