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Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival features live music, dancing and sumo wrestling

The day-long event is a celebration of Asian-Pacific culture and traditions.
Credit: Grand Rapids Asian Pacific Festival/Facebook

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. - The second annual Grand Rapids Asian-Pacific Festival is being held in Grand Rapids on Saturday, June 9.

The festival celebrates the culture and traditions of Asian and Pacific Islander Americans by bringing together communities, businesses and local organizations.

This year's event is running from 10:30 a.m. - 10 p.m. in Rosa Parks Circle. There are sumo wrestlers, a Kung Fu demonstration, lion dancers, Taiko drummers and more. There is even an Asia's Got Talent event happening at 4 p.m.

The festival is the culmination of GR Asian-Pacific week, which ran from June 4-9. All week there were special events and celebrations centered around Asian-Pacific businesses and supporters in Grand Rapids.

13 ON YOUR SIDE's Jen Pascua kicked off the festival on Friday night at Sake, Sushi, Sumo by wrestling a professional sumo wrestler named Yama who weighs 600 lbs.

Three elite sumo champions were in Grand Rapids over the weekend, Byamba, Takeshi and Yama.

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