The event will highlight the culture of the Moroccan population in the area, which is estimated to account for at least 10% of Revere’s population.
Rabat – Moroccan American Connections in Revere Association (MACIR), a nonprofit organization which aims to empower the local Moroccan American community, will host its third annual Moroccan Cultural Day on Saturday, June 22.
The event will be held in collaboration with the city of Revere, 5 miles from Boston, Massachusetts, and aims to highlight the culture of the growing Moroccan population in the area, which is estimated to account for at least 10% of Revere’s population.
The festival, which is free and open to the public, will feature Moroccan food, live music, henna tattoo art, and local Moroccan vendors.
The best exhibitor will be nominated the 2019 Honorary Ambassador of Morocco to the City of Revere. There will also be a traditional Moroccan dress contest, where the winners will be named Mr. and Ms. Moroccan American.
These are not the only prizes on offer, says Rachid Moukhabir, Director of the Moroccan Festival: “The success of last year’s event will allow us to attract bigger sponsors to make this year’s event surpass the ones before. As a matter of fact, we will be raffling a free round trip ticket to Morocco and other surprises will be announced soon,”
Notable attendees will include Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo, “city officials and some Moroccan celebrities.”
Revere is not the only city to honor Moroccan culture this year. Washington D.C. also celebrated its connection with Morocco. The city’s mayor, Muriel Boweson, declared March, 29 as ‘Morocco Day’ in collaboration with the Moroccan American Network.
The event, which will be held annually, aims to highlight the 12 regions of Morocco of 12 years and contribute to the development of these regions. This year, the event honored the city of Zagora.
During the Washington D.C. event, Mayor of the nearby city Alexandria, Justin Wilson, announced that his city will also celebrate Morocco with the second phase of Morocco Day on June 8. The festival will feature Moroccan Gnawa music and dance, in addition to jazz and art shows.
Head of the Zagora region Abderrahim Chahid told Morocco World News that Morocco Day in Alexandria will “feature Zagora’s heritage and folklore music, including one of the popular music bands Rokba led by maestro Karfaoui.”