Fort Lauderdale annual festival brings Christmas spirit to travelers
December 26, 2012 by James
Around 1,500 students took part in the annual festival held at Fort Lauderdale–Hollywood International Airport to provide Christmas cheer to seasonal travelers facing chaos. The Broward County students performed throughout the week, singing Christmas songs in various locations of the airport, including the lost luggage area, ticket centers, and car rental.
Five schools from the area took part in the annual festival, which may also benefit local printing companies possibly providing promotional materials for the festival. The five schools were North Lauderdale School, Park Trail Elementary, Virginia Shuman Young, New Renaissance Middle, and Falcon Cove Middle. One music teacher, Rose Tennie, said that the students were aiming to get travelers to stop for some holiday cheer, raising spirits. The band director from New Renaissance, Mark Amerson, stated that taking part in the airport festival gave the students a whole new experience, as they were used to performing in front of parents and teachers rather than airport travelers.
Some of the travelers, although struggling with heavy suitcases, stopped to listen to students sing and perform, while some danced along or took photos. One of the travelers who had lost her luggage said that the performance was a nice welcome to the airport and relaxing after her overnight journey. This was the 24th year for the festival and it aims to provide a cheery, relaxing environment for weary travelers during a busy holiday season. Student Karina Bacila enjoyed the festival, saying that people came to take pictures and had fun.