PROGRAM HIGHLIGHTS (tentative)
10am: Traditional Baci Blessing Ceremony
12pm: Pbeemai Pageant Parade
01pm: Cultural Performances
03pm: Papaya Salad Eating Contest
04pm: Lao America’s Got Talent Competition
05pm: Benefit Concert
08pm: Live Band & DJ Party
On behalf of the Lao American Advancement Organization (LAAO) and Lao Americans throughout the United States, we invite you to come out and explore The Jewel of the Mekong River at the Sabaidee Pbeemai Lao Festival on Saturday, May 18, 2013 at Cal Expo from 10am – 10pm. Join the crowd in one of Southeast Asian’s most spectacular events in Northern California! Take a walk through the sprawling market stalls of fine arts, crafts, textiles, and souvenirs; watch enchanting folk dances and fashion show; participate in the pageant parade and interactive games; dance and sing along with live music; and taste some of the world’s most exquisite dishes!
As a secular venue for all Lao and non-Lao communities to enjoy, the Sabaidee Pbeemai Lao Festival attracts thousands of people annually! It is a celebration for the 2556 Lao New Year which, is related to the water festival shared by Asian communities from the Yunnan Province in China, Myanmar, Thailand, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, and Laos. Although typically the water festival is celebrated in April, the Sabaidee Pbeemai Lao Festival is celebrated in a later month in order to encourage the public to attend temple festivities throughout April.
In addition to joining the festival, please consider sponsoring by advertising or donating to help fund the Sabaidee Pbeemai Lao Festival. The deadline for advertisement submission is May 10, 2013. We greatly appreciate your support and look forward to celebrating with you soon. Save the date, spread the word, and come out to celebrate!
Tickets are available at the followings:
South Area Market • 5220 Fruitridge Road Sacramento 95820
Asian Café • 2827 Norwood Ave Sacramento 95815
Mauy Thai-Lao Kickboxing Academy • 1510 Howe Ave Sacramento 95825