LA’s vibrant Croatian festival & picnic puts Croatian citizenship ceremony in the spotlight

The Croatian Community of Los Angeles celebrated its 72nd traditional Croatian Festival and Picnic of the Croatian Catholic Parish of St. Anthony on the occasion of Male Gospa.

Heidi Wohlfahrt Granic, a member of the parish council and the leader of the Kolo Croatia group, along with Father Ivan Jordan, the parish priest of the Croatian Catholic Church of St. Anthony, welcomed the attendees.

Croatian citizenship ceremony highlights LA's vibrant Croatian festival

Heidi Wohlfahrt Granic (Photo credit: John Marich)

The General Consul from the Consulate General of the Republic of Croatia in Los Angeles, Renee Pea, also greeted the visitors. 

She emphasized that organizing these events contributes to preserving and promoting Croatian cultural heritage by celebrating Croatian customs, music, dance, history, and culture.

Croatian citizenship ceremony highlights LA's vibrant Croatian festival

Renee Pea (Photo credit: John Marich)

The uniqueness of this Croatian Festival and Picnic is the ceremony for granting Croatian citizenship to 75 new citizens of the Republic of Croatia. 

The swearing-in ceremony was led by General Consul Renee Pea.


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