The city of Changwon in South Gyeongsang Province is hosting its annual autumn festival this weekend. The Changwon Festival will be held between Saturday and Sunday with this year's theme focusing on how the city is evolving from an industrial rust belt into an environmentally-friendly city.
A parade will be held in the center of the city from 5 p.m. Saturday involving around 6,000 people. Not only city residents, but foreigners and members of multi-ethnic families will also take part in order to symbolize unity.
The parade participants will wear the traditional costumes of their own countries. The main boulevard in downtown Changwon will remain illuminated throughout the festival until 11 p.m. Sunday.
Other various events are also planned, including a dancing and singing contest at a park near the city square plus a wide range of snacks and foods. There will also be a cooking contest and booths operated by various companies that have contributed to environmental protection and other social issues.
A Changwon city official said the city's main boulevard will be free of cars during the festival. The official urged participants to leave their cars at home and use public transport to get to the festival.