Portland Parks & Recreation is holding a multicultural community event to celebrate and welcome immigrants and refugees who are new to the Rose City on Friday.
Those who are new to Portland – and the U.S. – may be from places where they don’t willingly engage with their governments. Mark Ross, Spokesperson for Portland Parks & Rec, says they want to make sure refugees and immigrants know that their city government is available in a positive way.
Ross says many immigrants and refugees have gone through a lot to get to the U.S. and wants them to know now that they’re here, Portlanders stand together with them. The event is a place to welcome, honor and heal.
All Portlanders are welcome to this free event, especially new refugees and immigrants. It’s being held at the East Portland Community Center from 6 p.m. until 9 p.m. Friday, March 17th. There will be dance and music, along with Bollywood and African and Middle Eastern cultural offerings.
Ross says they’ve gotten very enthusiastic responses from those planning on attending. He says even if people are unable to attend the event, this is an ongoing initiative where any Parks & Rec site, program or endeavor, is open to all, regardless of races, religions, countries of origin, sexual orientations, genders and abilities.