Hurd Attends 59th Annual Fiesta de Amistad in Del Rio

October 21, 2019
Press Release
‘Del Rio and Acuña are not two separate cities, but one community divided by an international boundary’

DEL RIO, TX –U.S. Representative Will Hurd (TX-23) was glad to be back in Del Rio this weekend for the 59th annual Fiesta de Amistad. He has proudly attended these festivities each year since he’s been in Congress, and he was chosen this year by the Del Rio Chapter of the International Good Neighbor Council to be “Mr. Amistad” and serve as grand marshal.

This tradition celebrates the anniversary of the signing of a treaty by U.S. President Dwight Eisenhower and Mexican President Adolfo López Mateos in 1960 to begin construction of the Amistad Dam. After the signing the document the presidents hugged, creating what is now recognized as the first “Abrazo” ceremony.

Hurd hopes this historic festival sets an example for the country to not view the U.S.-Mexico Border as a dividing line, but a historic partnership we must continue to preserve.

“Del Rio and Acuña are not two separate cities, but one community divided by an international boundary. For nearly 60 years the annual Fiesta de Amistad has signified the importance of this lasting friendship between this community along with the United States and Mexico,” said Hurd, who represents more of the U.S.-Mexico border than any other member of Congress.

“The United States and Mexico are friends who build things together, and this is not better showcased than during our annual festivities in Del Rio. I have loved being able to participate in the Abrazo ceremony uniting our cities in years past and am honored to be able to play a role in this year’s events as the 2019 Mr. Amistad and Fiesta de Amistad grand marshal,” Hurd continued.