Message from the Mayor

Celebrate Boise's Welcoming Nature

Three events over the next couple of days provide amazing opportunities for Boiseans to join their friends and neighbors to celebrate Boise’s welcoming, inclusive nature.

We hope everyone will come out for the Return of the Boise Valley People, which includes two park rededications honoring their ancestors, and for the 2019 Boise Pride Festival and World Refugee Day.

Castle Rock, soon to be renamed as Chief Eagle Eye Reserve

Tomorrow at 9:30 a.m. will be the ninth celebration of the Return of the Boise Valley People at Quarry View Park.

This year, the celebration will also include the rededication of Castle Rock Reserve as Chief Eagle Eye Reserve and Quarry View Park to Eagle Rock Park. This long-coming rededication ceremony honors the tribe’s historical name for the balancing rock in the reserve and the legacy of a peaceful chief of the Weiser Shoshone. It is an important next step in building meaningful collaboration that honors and recognizes the tribes’ place in who we are as a community. This annual celebration honors the deep connection and history of the valley’s original inhabitants to the Boise area. It’s a wonderful celebration of their history, culture and ancestors that every year builds a deeper connection for the future. I hope you’ll come out.

Crowd holding pride flags
Pride Fest 2018

On Friday and Saturday, we will celebrate the 30th Annual Boise Pride Festival, one of my favorite events of the year when tens of thousands come together to celebrate diversity – joining millions from around the world.

Each year, this event gets bigger and better. And this year, I am truly honored and humbled to serve as the parade’s grand marshal on Saturday. Events begin with a rally at 9 a.m. on the steps of the Idaho Capitol, continue with the parade at 10 a.m. and then at 11 a.m. the all-day festival begins in Cecil D. Andrus Park across from the Statehouse.

Group sitting in chairs
World Refugee Day 2017

Also Saturday morning is World Refugee Day and we will celebrate with a festival in the Grove Plaza starting at 9:30 a.m. The event is free to the public and features performances by ethnic community groups and individuals who arrived as refugees, ethnic food, and booths with artisans, non-profits, and other vendors.

A citizenship ceremony for many of our newest Americans begins at 11 a.m. and is one of my favorite annual events in Boise. Thanks so much to the Idaho Office for Refugees, Agency for New Americans, and International Rescue Committee for working to put this annual celebration together.

Events like these make my heart swell with pride at being a Boisean. It’s hard to believe any city in the world enjoys and embraces diversity and inclusion more than we do – and it is that fundamental nature that makes Boise truly a welcoming city. I hope you and your family and friends will come out for one or all of these events.

And, as always, thank you for all that you do to help make Boise the most livable city in the country.

Signature that reads David Bieter

David Bieter, Mayor
City of Boise

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