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Thousands attend New England Muslim Festival

Tuesday, October 4, 2016

The New England Muslim Festival took place recently on Malden’s City Hall Plaza. On a beautiful crisp fall day, thousands came out and celebrated the rich culture of the American Muslim community. Event organizers worked tirelessly to bring Muslims from other New England cities and towns together along with non-Muslims in an effort to educate all about what the culture is truly about.

Mayor Gary Christenson, Congresswoman Katherine Clark, U.S. Attorney Carmen Ortiz and Cambridge’s first Muslim City Councillor Nadeem Mazen attended the family event along with Malden elected and City officials. Attendees enjoyed traditional performances and entertainment throughout the day. Vendors lined City Hall Plaza selling clothing, food, literature and wares. A voter registration table was set up as well as a table with Muslim physicians who discussed health screenings. Malden was selected as a perfect place to hold the festival as it is one of the most diverse cities in New England.

Mayor Christenson delivers opening remarks in Arabic

Mayor Christenson greets a young attendee

Congresswoman Katherine Clark delivers remarks

(Front row, from left) Ward 2 School Committee Member Emmanuel Marsh, Mayor Christenson and Brother Hamid Bourote of the The Outreach Community & Reform Center enjoy entertainment

A very well attended event!

Released by the Office of Mayor Gary Christenson

Photos by City of Malden