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Letter: Diversity can be savored long after festivals end

Every summer, the annual Burmese Water Festival and Taste of Diversity Festival are both held on Grant Street. Dedicated organizers, block club volunteers, residents, and business owners all pitch in to put this together for the neighborhood.

These celebrations are a window into the cultural traditions of a strong, diverse community. It’s a celebration of the neighborhood, for the neighborhood, yet walking down Lafayette Street to Breckenridge, thousands of visitors are greeted with the sights and smells of food from around the world.

Traditional dancing and music are performed and water games provide a welcome relief from the heat. Visitors can buy handmade goods from local entrepreneurs and make their unique creations part of their daily lives.

If you missed these festivals this year, there is good news: these restaurateurs, small business owners, and artisans are here 52 weeks a year, helping the Grant-Ferry international corridor flourish. If you did come to the festival, I hope you’ll come back to this vibrant shopping district where you can find fresh vegetables, flooring, shoes, clothing, and more.

Give Grant Street a try and you’ll see what makes this West Side neighborhood a global destination.

Sean M. Ryan

New York Assembly District 149

Buffalo

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