Last Tuesday I had the privilege of seeing 1,221 people from 103 countries become U.S. citizens. And ones of those new citizens was Mr. Misadventures!
The naturalization ceremony was held in the beautiful Paramount Theatre in downtown Oakland. It’s a gorgeous art deco theatre built in 1931 that hosts films, stage presentations and comedy shows as well as concerts. I’ve personally saw Bonnie Raitt there in 1995 and it was a great show. However that show didn’t allow me to see the gorgeous interior in “the light of day” so I thoroughly enjoyed getting to see more of it.
The families and guests of the “inductees” were seated in the upper section which afforded a great view of the entire theatre, but provided a miniscule view of the stage, and without a telephoto lens, I am afraid everyone was very small.
And once the ceremony got going, and people started cheering I couldn’t see much!
It was a very nice ceremony, quite moving at times, with guest speakers, videos and of course oaths!
Mr. Misadventures was a happy camper! And the first thing he did when he walked out of the theatre was register to vote – bravo!
Now it is my turn to work on my French citizenship!
How about you? Have you attended – or participated in – a naturalization ceremony?
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