Ethnic American groups of those from Turkey, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan and Kazakhstan come together to celebrate or commemorate the Silk Road as an ancient model of global trade in Houston, Texas.
The Silk Road Festival is one of the flagship events of the Turquoise Council of Americans and Eurasians which introduces Americans to the ethnic, cultural and historic bonds shared by Turkic Nations and provide a unique interactive experience rivaled only by visiting the countries themselves.
April 4, 2015, San Antonio, TX – Raindrop Turkish House held its 5th Annual Turkish Festival in San Antonio. Historic Alamo Plaza in San Antonio was alive with music, food and festivities as this year’s festival, themed “San Antonio Goes Turkish” was taking place on a pleasant Saturday. Among the many the attended the festival were the Mayor of San Antonio, Ivy R. Taylor as well as Council Members Alan Warrick II and Ron Nirenberg. Mayor Taylor presented an order signed by herself, declaring April 4 the ‘Turkish Festival Day’ in San Antonio.
April 25, 2015, Austin, TX – Raindrop Foundation organized the 11th Annual Anatolian Festival in Austin, Texas. The event drew a diverse crowd of some 3,500 residents of Austin and took place at at the Raindrop Turkish House.
Former Representative Pete Gallego, who served in the Texas legislature for many years, noted that the Turkish community members in Austin were very dedicated to, and loved their nation. Mr. Gallego also remarked how he had observed them to be just as dedicated to the principles of democracy and freedom. Former State Representative also noted that the festival reminded him of his trip to Turkey, as well as touching on the positive effect this experience was having on his son.