Moroccan American Connections in Revere (MACIR) will host the sixth annual Moroccan Festival on Saturday, June 25 from 1-8 p.m. at the Whelan Elementary School (107 Newhall St.). The event will highlight the culture and history of the city’s Moroccan community, which is currently estimated to be at least 10 percent of the city’s population. The event is free and open to the public.
“The success of last year’s event will allow us to attract bigger sponsors to make this year’s event surpass the ones before,” said Festival Director Salwa Gardaf. “As a matter of fact, we will be raffling a free round-trip ticket to Morocco and other surprises will be announced soon.”
This celebration of Moroccan culture will feature Moroccan food, live music, henna tattoo art and local Moroccan vendors. Special guests will include Mayor Brian Arrigo and Revere city officials as well as a number of Moroccan officials and celebrities. The best exhibitor at the festival will be named the 2021 Honorary Ambassador of Morocco to the City of Revere.
“It is true that MACIR runs the show, but this is a collective work of all city entities, including the Mayor’s Office, the Rec. Department, City Council, Police Department, Fire Department, Revere Public Schools and DPW – without forgetting community leaders, who are truly committed to promoting diversity, inclusion and equity in the city of Revere and beyond,” said MACIR President Rachid Moukhabir.
The organizers expressed their thanks to the Mass Cultural Council for allocating $16,200 for this street celebration – as well as the festival’s diamond sponsors: East Boston Neighborhood Health Center and the Moroccan National Airline, Royal Air Maroc.