The new ambassador to Latvia is Mark Pekala.
Some reflections on the past from outside the embassy gates.( at the Independence Day picnic/festivities “Meža parkā”)
During the playing of the latvian anthem I was standing not far from a rabbi dressed in the whole “shmier”, black outfit , black hat, bushy beard. He was singing ” Dievs. svētī Latviju” in a clear, melodious voice, the way it is supposed to be sung. Saying that this was a surprise would be an understatement.
A Orthodox church Patriarch made an appearance at the festivities too. He made himself scarce by the time the anthems were played
While the festivities during former ambassador Catherine Bailey tenure could be characterized by mint juleps, the festivities of ambassador Judith Garber could be characterized by ” brownies”.
As personally satisfying to march at the front of the Gay Pride parade in Riga might have been to Ambassador Judith Garber, it was not a good diplomatic move by an ambassador to a foreign country
A few days after the parade, Cardinal Stankevics publicly in the news media thanked all those who had expressed opposition to the Gay Pride parade.