The 24th Local Colors festival kicks off this Saturday morning at Elmwood Park.
Organizer Pearl Fu says more than 100 cultures from all over the world and here in the states will be represented at the Roanoke festival.
"It's like nonstop entertainment," Fu said. "We have singing, dancing, music from all over the world from Asia to Europe to Middle East."
Fu's passion helped the festival grow from just a handful of cultures participating to a much more successful event. Attendees can see those from different heritages dress in their native attire.
"It's so beautiful, and they feel so proud," Fu said. "Be proud of your heritage. Keep that alive. You can be American as well."
But Fu's health has taken a toll on her strength to continue the planning. This year's Local Colors festival will be the last in her hands.
"Unfortunately my Parkinson's ailment made me restricted in many ways, not only in my mobility but in my speech, Fu said.
She was diagnosed 16 years ago, but this year has been the toughest. Those working by her side will continue her legacy when she steps down.
"There's so much to be done, new ideas, new programs, new projects," Fu said. "It's going to be bigger and better."
No matter the heritage, the race, or the creed, Fu says Local Colors welcomes all.
"Next year will be the big 25," Fu said. "I'll be back to celebrate it with everyone."
This year's event will begin Saturday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information about the festival, click here.