Editor’s Note: Former Seattle Met intern Alexandra Notman spent three days roaming this year’s Folklife Festival, capturing the finer points of the 41-year-old Seattle event: salsa dance parties in Center House, Ecuadorian musicians beneath the Space Needle, the bearded masses chowing down on fried PB&J.

Despite a Saturday night shooting outside Seattle Center —and subsequent heavy police presence on festival grounds—the bands played on. View Alexandra’s slideshow for a glimpse at one of the city’s longest-running multicultural celebrations.

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