On Sunday, May 10th, Broadway hosted the 16th Edition of the Romania Day Festival, which featured the unique foundations of Romanian history, culture and traditions.
Held between Liberty Street and Battery Park/Bowling Green Plaza, the Romania Day Festival welcomed artists, dancers, musicians and craftsmen from various parts of the country.
According to the festival website, the Congressman Mike Turner was this year’s keynote speaker. Romanian Ambassador to the U.S. Iulian Buga and the Consul General of Romania Ioana Costache attended the event, as well as other diplomats and community leaders who were on hand to share in the celebration and experience the rich culture of Romania.
New York’s mayor is helping promote Romania awareness
In a letter addressed to the festival’s organizers and guests, New York Mayor, Bill de Blasio praised the Romanian diaspora in the city.
“I am pleased to join the Romanian American Chamber of Commerce in welcoming everyone to the XVI Edition of the Romania Day Festival on Broadway.
New Yorkers are rightly proud of their rich ancestries. With residents who hail from every corner of the map and speak an estimated 200 languages, our City is a dynamic global hub.
Today, as New Yorkers from all backgrounds and walks of life gather in Bowling Green Plazato to enjoy Romania’s singular cultural traditions, let us also recognize the indelible mark that the Romanian diaspora has left on every sector of life, both throughout the five boroughs and across the nation. Whether enjoying folkloric dance performances, musical recitals, fashion shows or regional cuisine, thousands of revelers are in for a treat, and I applaud the Romanian American Chamber of Commerce for its efforts to unite and uplift the Romanian community and foster cross-cultural exchange.
On behalf of the City of New York, please accept my best wishes for a terrific event and continued success,” reads the mayor’s letter sent to our office mail.