This year, the impressive and truly panoramic Lake Toba in North Sumatra will be the cultural center of the 71st Commemoration of Indonesia's Independence Day as the spectacular Lake Toba Independence Day Carnival is to be held at Balige (Toba Samosir Regency) and Parapat (Simalungun Regency) on the shores of Lake Toba, on 20th to 21st August 2016. Aside from signifying a milestone of the country's achievements, the event is expected to boost Lake Toba as a prime tourist destination.
The Lake Toba Independence Day Carnival 2016 will feature a spectacular range of cultural attractions from 26 provinces, 7 regencies around Lake Toba, 8 sub-ethnic communities of the Batak Toba, a number of cultural communities, and a whole lot more.
Involving over 4,000 participants, the carnival will take a 3.5Km route from Balige under the theme 'Red White Black', following the traditional dominant colors in the Batak lands. The carnival will be co-highlighted with a decorated boats parade; musical performances on a huge floating stage, and a culinary fiesta featuring Chef Bara Pattiradjawane in Parapat. Projected to attract no less than 50,000 people, the carnival is intended to reflect the fascinating diverse cultures and ethnic groups that live in the Indonesian archipelago and how they all unite in perfect harmony.
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