THE DAY (July 28, 2019) — Franklin Street was decorated with red and white flags, happy music could be heard from miles around and the smell of fresh food wafting through the air drew people downtown Sunday to celebrate the second annual Peruvian Festival.

The festival coincided with the one-year anniversary of Global City Norwich’s efforts to revitalize downtown Norwich with cultural festivals and public events. A Polish festival was held last month and the Haitian Cultural Festival is scheduled for Aug. 11.

Ella Valencia, a local event designer for the Niftal and Friends, celebrated her Peruvian descent by creating a public art display of the Peruvian jungle. It featured handmade mushrooms, jungle trees and costumes representing native birds.

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