After a two year hiatus, we are excited to have Peabody’s International Festival back. So, let’s take a trip back to 1984 and 1985 and re-live the beginning of the International Festival.

Unless otherwise noted, photographs are courtesy of the Ray Wallman Collection.

Back to 1984

Pamphlet for first International Festival, 1984

Banda Recreativa Portuguese, Peabody Square, facing Courthouse

Polish Kitchen; second from the right Lola Busta

Artists in the first International Festival, 1984

Musicians: JAK Corp.

Unidentified Musicians

Performance Schedule for first International Festival, 1984

Folk Dancers

Folk Dancers

Peabody Girl Scout Troop 893

Festival Layout, 1984

Booths on Lowell Street


Onto 1985

International Festival Aerial, looking towards Main Street, 1985

Mayor Peter Torigian

Peabody High School Marching Band

AOH Booth, Central Fire Station in the Background

Rancho Folklorio Booth, in front of Brodie’s

Peabody Square, looking towards Lowell Street

Fortune Palace Restaurant

Bob Quinn in costume; photographed by Steven Speliotis

Left to Right: Terri Whittier, Ellen Evitts, Barbara Doucette

Want to know more? Peabody TV created a comprehensive documentary on the history of the International Festival. See link to video here. Courtesy of Peabody TV.

See you on Sunday, September 11th! The Historical Society’s booth is now at the intersection of Park and Main Streets. Come say hi!

Until then, take it easy.