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Rochester’s annual International Summer Picnic

The yearly event is a way to make a more welcoming Rochester for the international community.

Posted: Jul. 15, 2018 10:50 PM
Updated: Jul. 15, 2018 10:52 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. – People came together at Silver Lake Park on Sunday for the annual International Summer Picnic.

The yearly event is a way for people in Rochester to learn about different backgrounds and create a more welcoming community.

Aaliyah Jurado is Cambodian and Columbian, and grew up in Rochester.

“Growing up as someone who’s mixed, I grew up learning about both sides of me. And since people around me weren’t necessarily like me, I wanted to learn more about them,” she said. “It fills a curiosity.”

But it also makes for a more inclusive community.

“A lot of people often times have stigmas against something they’re not familiar with, so it kind of dies down the stigma," Jurado said.

For her, the picnic may seem small but it helps make a big difference.

“It’s difficult to learn about everything and accept everything. But it takes baby steps to get there,” she said. “As long you get there one way or another, it's perfect. You can be five or 50, just as long as you have that understanding.”

The International Summer Picnic is put on by the Mayor of Rochester and the Mayor’s International Affairs Committee.

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