Cultures Brought Together in Annual “It’s a Small World” Celebration

Sara Gelrud and Samantha Gitlin

The annual “It’s a Small World” event took over the Blue Dungeon on Wednesday during community block to celebrate the student body’s diverse cultures through a shared love of sports and music.

Students celebrated through trying a variety of ethnic foods and watching different cultural performances.

“I thought it was great. It’s always something I look forward to every year and I love seeing how diverse and how many different cultures there are at Gulliver. I just think it’s a great way to bring all these different communities together,” said sophomore Sam Levinger.

From brigadeiros (Brazilian chocolate balls) to baguettes and much more, countless countries were represented in a global buffet.

Hosting the assembly this year was sophomore Claire O’Neil and senior Paulino Mercenari.

“It was really cool to be able to emcee the assembly with Claire. The energy of the crowd was insane so we had so much fun with it,” said Mercenari.

The annual flag parade kicked off the event as students walked into the Blue Dungeon, eager to show off their pride for their country.

“I’m super excited to represent my culture today and I can’t wait to be in the parade,” said sophomore Eden Alfi who was carrying the flag of Israel.

Various performances followed the flag parade including the Chinese Club’s traditional dragon dance, the Sundancers ballroom dance, multiple music performances, and sport acts.

“I was nervous at first, but then just stepping on the floor, that nervousness went away,” said senior Anthony Iser who performed a dunking competition with his basketball teammates.

Organizers from the World Languages department began preparing long before the assembly took place.

“We always start thinking about the event the year before. It takes half the year to do this event,” said one of the organizers, Spanish teacher Eva Maria Molina who joined forces with teachers Alicia Cofiño, Luz Argote, and Zoe Chen to bring the event to fruition.