July 25, 2018 - Issue: Vol. 164, No. 125 — Daily Edition115th Congress (2017 - 2018) - 2nd Session
ACKNOWLEDGING THE FIFTH ANNUAL GLOBAL FEST; Congressional Record Vol. 164, No. 125
(Extensions of Remarks - July 25, 2018)
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[Extensions of Remarks] [Page E1066] From the Congressional Record Online through the Government Publishing Office [www.gpo.gov] ACKNOWLEDGING THE FIFTH ANNUAL GLOBAL FEST ______ HON. MIKE COFFMAN of colorado in the house of representatives Wednesday, July 25, 2018 Mr. COFFMAN. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to acknowledge the fifth annual Global Fest, hosted by the City of Aurora, Colorado. The office of Parks, Recreation, and Open Space, as well as the office of International and Immigrant Affairs work tirelessly every year to showcase the diverse cultures of the city's residents, and I am proud to recognize their achievements in the House of Representatives. The City of Aurora owns the title of Colorado's most diverse city and has a population of over 366,000, which makes it the third largest city in the state. Aurora includes about 70,000 immigrants and refugees who speak over 130 languages spoken and represent more than 140 different countries of origin. Global Fest is a wonderful opportunity for all Aurorans to share their rich cultural history with each other and those who come to participate from throughout Colorado. Global Fest is a fully immersive cultural experience. Attendees sample diverse foods, listen to live music, discover traditional arts and view a range of cultural performances. At the festival, Coloradans can observe a variety cultural items and practices. They are also able to see the `Parade of Nations' where representatives of an estimated 40 countries will march together carrying their respective flags from their countries of origin to demonstrate the multi-cultural spirit of the city. Mr. Speaker, in my many years as an Aurora resident, I have had the privilege to witness its development from a small suburb of Denver into the bustling multicultural hub of economic activity it is today. The city embodies the melting pot that our nation rightfully idealizes. This is why Aurora is a special place. Global Fest is the singular annual event that best symbolizes what makes Aurora a remarkable city that I am proud to represent in the United States House of Representatives. ____________________