On Saturday, April 28th, NATO’s Allied Command Transformation and the City of Norfolk concluded the 65th Annual Norfolk NATO Festival weekend with the renowned parade of nations and the International Village in Town Point Park. Here, twenty-nine NATO Member nations as well as Allied Command Transformation hosted a celebration of NATO’s various cultures.
A warm and sunny day welcomed more than 40,000 visitors, families and veterans who engaged with civilians and militaries from all of NATO’s twenty-nine nations. Many visitors walked away with an enhanced understanding of NATO, its mission and its core values, while children enjoyed activities, music and giveaways from the different Nations’ representatives.
Norfolk NATO Festival is the only event in the world dedicated to celebrate the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and its 29 independent member countries. Significantly, it celebrates the longstanding supportive relationship between NATO’s Allied Command Transformation and the City of Norfolk. It is the longest continuously running festival in the Hampton Roads region and the only such festival in the United States.
The Alliance’s presence in the city has created a multicultural environment with a vibrant international community that makes Norfolk a dynamic and exciting place. Norfolk-based NATO’s Allied Command Transformation is NATO’s home in North America, and it is estimated that the Command contributes $100 million to the local economy every year.