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WorldFest begins on the Belvedere

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- One of the area's largest international festivals is underway, with plenty of food, music, and culture.

Worldfest is happening this weekend on the Belvedere.  The event celebrates the city's many cultures with international music from more than 50 bands and 30 food vendors.

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer helped get things started today by getting behind the grill.

For the first time, the event has been expanded to four days.  Mayor Fischer said, "It just gets more popular every year, so we said, let's go ahead and put a fourth day on and that ties in with the Hike Bike and Paddle on Monday - bike ride --- and after that, come to Worldfest have lunch, and listen to some good music."

125,000 people are expected to attend Worldfest.

Louisville also welcomed nearly 200 new citizens from 55 different countries during WorldFest.

For those who can now say they are Americans, especially Noah Tekie, who's originally from Ethiopia -- it's a moment they find hard to describe:  "It's like a dream come true, I'm very happy and I'm very happy -- there's -- I can really have no words to explain that how proud I am and how happy I am."

In order to be naturalized, the candidates had to show they could read, write, and speak English and that they have an understanding of U.S. history.

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