May 14: Children of the World Street Festival

The Children of the World Festival is an annual cultural celebration featuring different ethnic groups and socioeconomic classes. There will be arts and crafts, food and other cultural display and exhibitions.

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The Children of the World Street Festival, held on May 14 in Manhattan, spanned not only 14 blocks, but the globe. Take a look at the map below to see where some of the vendors were from. Click on each of the markers to see the local food or goods offered.

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The West African population in Manhattan has nearly doubled in the past 10 years. Below, meet one of the vendors at the festival, a native of Senegal who came to the U.S. 20 years ago to pursue a degree in business. African Art remains popular at many New York City street festivals.

The Turkish population has seen a slight increase in Manhattan over the last 10 years. Here, listen to a native Turk speak about sharing her traditional cuisine with New Yorkers.

For a photographic representation of the event, watch our slideshow below. Be sure to view the captions to learn more about New York's fluctuating immigrant populations.

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If you couldn't tune in live, read some of our tweets and watch some of our videos from the street festival:

Click here to see more videos that were recorded live, on the scene.