The city of Alexandria, Virginia, held its official “Morocco Day” at the Market Square on Saturday, June 9.
“This is monumental because Alexandria, one of America’s oldest cities, is home to 10,000 Moroccans; it is a great place for entrepreneurship and tourism,” said Justin Wilson, Mayor of Alexandria, Virginia.
Several delegations from the Moroccan embassy and consulate in Washingtonattended the event.
“Morocco Day” was sponsored by the Moroccan American Network in partnership with Zagora Regional Council. The event featured various entertainments including live music, fashion shows, and handicrafts.
The event highlighted Zagora, a city located in southeastern Morocco’s Draa-Tafilalet region, as a cultural, environmental, and tourist destination for American visitors.
“This event organized primarily to encourage small and medium-sized Moroccan businesses that work in the field of Tourism to connect with their American counterparts….”, Mohammed Hajjam, CEO of AVA Actions, a partner of the Moroccan American Network, said.
The event paid tribute to Moroccan renowned singer Nouaman Lahlou whose famous song “Zagora El Ghazala” fits the theme of the day.
The Moroccan American Network plans to celebrate twelve other regions of Morocco in the upcoming years.
“We have a road map for twelve regions and we have a great team to do this in the next few years”, Mohammed Hajjam told Morocco World News earlier this year.
The very first official “Morocco Day” was organized on March 29, 2019, at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington, D.C.