Representatives from the City of Rio Grande City and the Mexican city of Camargo Tamaulipas met at the U.S./Mexico border on Sunday morning, May 19, to celebrate the 30th annual "Abrazo de la Amistad" ceremony.
The ceremony, which took place on the Starr Camargo International Bridge, kicked off Camargo's annual "Dia del Comercio y Tourismo" celebration. Following the events on the bridge, a delegation of Rio Grande City officials including Mayor Joel Villarreal and members of the RGC Greater Chamber of Commerce, crossed over into Mexico to join in the day's festivities which included a parade, and musical performances.
According to a statement from the Rio Grande City Economic Development Corp., the "Abrazo de la Amistad" ceremony commemorates the signing of the Amistad Dam Treaty by US president Dwight D. Eisenhower and Mexico's Adolfo Lopez Mateos on October 24, 1960. Sunday's event on the bridge marked the celebration's 30th anniversary.
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