The Princeton University Band struck a chord for town and University collaboration as it opened the annual Communiversity celebration with a concert at the intersection of Nassau and Witherspoon streets on Saturday, April 28.
Communiversity annually brings the town and University together for a day of performances, food, games and more. It attracted a large crowd to the downtown and campus areas, which were turned into a colorful fairground with events for students and families alike.
Sponsored by students at the University and the Arts Council of Princeton, the event featured merchants, nonprofit organizations, musicians, performing and visual artists, food vendors and 70 University student organizations and performing groups.
Campus Communiversity activities included: more than a dozen performing groups on a stage near Stanhope Hall, such as the Princeton University Players, diSiac and three student bands; numerous student organization booths and demonstrations by the cheerleaders and the Kokikai Aikido martial arts club in front of Nassau Hall; and performances by the University's a cappella groups in the East Pyne arch.
The University's International Center continued its tradition of participation with an elaborate flag procession led by Chinese lion dancers. Each flag represented a Princeton student's home country. As the culmination of a month of programming for the International Festival, Communiversity sponsored a "Global Village," featuring food, information booths, performances and artwork from around the world.
Tours of the campus by the student-led Orange Key guide service left from in front of Nassau Hall throughout the festival.
The University's participation was coordinated by the Office of Community and Regional Affairs.