On September 25, the Turkish Festival was held on Pennsylvania Ave, in the very center of Washington, DC. The festival gathered a lot of people and was a boisterous and fun event. Traditional Turkish bazaar stretched along the street, with stands full of beautiful jewelry and clothing. The air was permeated by the smell of roasted meat and coffee. Many folks came wearing bright national Turkish costumes. People enjoyed live music and folk dances, including the dances performed by the American Tatar Association of New York.
The United Help Ukraine activists participated in the festival on behalf of the Crimean Tatars and shared the tent with the volunteers from the International Committee for Crimea (ICC). People stopped by our tent and we told them about Crimea and showed it on the map:
People were very receptive and friendly.During the festival, we raised $518. The money will be used for humanitarian needs in Ukraine.