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CULTURAL EXPO AND GALA DINNER, KALABAHI, ALOR - INDONESIA                  

Alor Cultural Expo 2006

August 3

We were bussed to the Sports Center where we were escorted to front row chairs as Guests of Honor at Alor Cultural Expo Opening Ceremonies.

 It was definitely a huge occasion for these people who had come great distances from their homes.

There were snacks, gifts and handouts on each chair. We noticed that we were seated in front of the government officials! The Mayor and several other community dignitaries gave welcoming speeches and then a choir performed for us.


Thousands of local people and others from neighbouring villages and islands watched the proceedings from bleachers and from the streets surrounding the Sports Stadium.


The grassy field began to fill as  a Cultural Parade with hundreds of representatives from the 9 Alorese Sub-Districts streamed into the stadium, each wearing the traditional costume of their area. There were thousands participating and the arena was soon chokers with colourful attire stretching for blocks and blocks.
When the parade was winding down and the band was getting ready to play we left the stadium and headed to the local hotel for cold beer. There we met several other cruisers and visited the night away.

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