Prominent State Legislators to Join Celebration of Armenian Culture and Independence

HOLLYWOOD–The Armenian Cultural Foundation welcomes the participation of the California State Assemblymembers Paul Krekorian (D-Glendale), Kevin de Leon (D-Los Angeles) and Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) as co-sponsors of the second annual Armenian Independence Day Festival in Little Armenia, Hollywood. The Annual Festival will take place on Sunday, May 27 from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Hollywood Boulevard, between the streets of Vermont and Alexandria. When I was growing up, a free and independent Armenia’seemed like an impossible dream, said Assemblymember Paul Krekorian, who represents the largest Armenian community in the world outside Armenia. As the first Armenian-American ever to represent the Glendale area in the State Legislature, I am immensely proud to join in this wonderful celebration of the achievement of that long-sought dream. It is a great privilege to be a part of the Armenian Independence Day Festival. Assemblymember Krekorian represents Californias 43rd State Assembly District, which encompasses the cities of Glendale and Burbank and the Los Feliz, Silver Lake, North Hollywood, Valley Glen, Toluca Lake, Atwater Village and Valley Village communities of Los Angeles. Assemblymember Kevin De Leons 45th State Assembly District and Assemblymember Mike Feuers 42nd State Assembly District both encompass portions of Little Armenia. "I’m delighted to participate in the Armenian Independence Day Festival," announced Assemblymember Feuer. "I treasure my relationship with the Armenian community, which is such a vibrant part of our social, cultural, and economic life here in Los Angeles." The 45th Assembly District is home to a vibrant Armenian American community and I am honored to be part of this exciting celebration, stated Assemblymember Kevin de Leon. Los Angeles City Council President Eric Garcetti, also a cosponsor of the Festival, is expected to be in attendance. We thank our elected officials for their co-sponsorship of this years festival and appreciate their continued support of the Armenian American community, said Festival Committee member Marie Minassian. The large scale block party will feature a variety of cultural displays, musical and dance performances and ethnic food. The festival will also have a kids zone, which will include a petting zoo, pony rides, various games and rides. The Annual Festival in Little Armenia is organized by the Armenian Independence Day Festival Committee in celebration of Armenia’s first independence and thousands of years of Armenian history and culture. May 28, 1918 marks the first independence of the Armenian republic after 600 years of Ottoman Turkish oppression. The republic established on this date set the foundation for today’s independent republic, which was born on September 21, 1991. Individuals interested in becoming a cosponsor of the Festival or reserving booths are encouraged to call (818) 507-1933 or visit www.littlearmeniafestival.com.

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