Friday, April 20, 2012
Cultural celebrations, skyward glances: The best of iReport this week

iReporters across the U.S. looked to the skies this week to catch a glimpse of the space shuttle Discovery’s final voyage.

 

Back on the ground, festivals and parades celebrating diverse cultures popped up all over iReport, with the stunningly beautiful Aliwan festival in the Philippines, and the Tartan Parade in New York City.

 

Check out the awesome submissions from iReport this week!

 

 

Tornadoes tear through Kansas

 

More than 100 tornadoes were reported throughout the Midwest on Saturday, April 14. Stormchasers Dustin Mazzio and Ben Tracy courageously tracked one while driving through Kansas, and managed to capture this incredible video of the tornado beginning to form. Mazzio says he has been chasing storms for three years, and that “this was by far the most amazing storm have witnessed. I had encountered potential funnel clouds before, but none ever transformed into tornadoes, so this was my first.”

 

Discovery cruises over the U.S. Capitol

 

iReporters’ eyes were on the skies and their fingers were at the ready to snap photographs of the space shuttle Discovery's final voyage. We asked iReporters to document its journey aboard a modified 747 jet from Kennedy Space Center in Florida to the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum near Washington D.C. Andrew Brisker snapped this picture as it flew over the U.S. Capitol. “It was bittersweet watching Discovery soar over the Capitol, but it was thrilling to witness its final ride into retirement,” he said. “The crowd was ecstatic. I got goosebumps.”

 

Aliwan festival dazzles the Philippines

 

The streets of Manila were awash with vibrant hues of gold, purple, and red as Filipinos celebrated the annual Aliwan festival on April 14. This festival began in 2003 and is a celebration of the diverse and rich heritages of the Philippines. Roland Roldan captured breathtaking photos of the various events, including street dancing and parade floats.

 

NYC Scottish invasion

 

Bagpipes sounded in the streets of the Big Apple at the 10th annual Tartan Parade on April 14. Frequent iReporter Rachel Cauvin loves documenting the sundry parades New York City has to offer, and she shared her photographs of music performances and other events held to celebrate Scottish culture. She says the crowd fell in love with the adorable Scottish terriers that walked down the parade route.

 

Remembering Dick Clark

 

We asked iReporters to share their memories of Dick Clark, and Paul Revere offered the heartwarming story of his close relationship with the broadcast legend. Clark helped Revere's band, "Paul Revere and the Raiders", acquire fame, and the two ended up becoming life-long friends in the process. “I owe everything to Dick Clark,” Revere wrote in his iReport. “And I am SO thankful that I got to tell him so, six weeks ago, at his house in Los Angeles."

 

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