156 new citizens take oath at Worldfest ceremony

Worldfest celebrates culture & citizenship

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WHAS11) -- From music to food, fashion, and faith, Worldfest is a time for Louisville to celebrate cultures around the globe.

That diversity was celebrated today when 156 people from 45 countries became the newest American citizens.

This naturalization ceremony celebrating their lives in the United States and their new Kentucky Home. Marking the end of a long journey for some.

"I am so happy now. This is the day I have been waiting for 13 years I have been waiting for this day," said Sueher Zaneti, "I am from Israel, originally from Israel, I have been here 13 years, in Kentucky. I am so happy today to get my citizenship finally after 13 years. I love America I have a good life here, good everything, it’s wonderful, this is a good life here.”

"Feels great to have, this is my first passport ever. I moved from Russia, I never had a chance to get a passport there because of discrimination, and this is awesome," said Dairsh Irpov," You don’t have any opportunity besides United States like to have something like this, you can be a businessman, you can be a millionaire in here, you can just be a regular person and nobody says anything to you and that's heartwarming, you know, to be here."

Worldfest continues through Monday, September 5.


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