Leaders of Pasadena’s Newest Sister City, Dakar-Plateau in Senegal, Honored at City Hall Reception

The Mayor of Pasadena Terry Tornek and the Mayor of Dakar-Plateau, Republic of Senegal Alioune Ndoye stand for the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance and Senegal Pledge of Allegiance during the Welcome Reception for the Sister City of Dakar-Plateau in the Honor of his Excellency Alione Ndoye, Mayor of Daker-Plateau, Republic of Senegal and Esteemed Delegation at the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard, June 18, 2019.Guests stand for the U.S. Pledge of Allegiance and Senegal Pledge of Allegiance during the Welcome Reception for the Sister City of Dakar-Plateau in the Honor of his Excellency Alione Ndoye, Mayor of Daker-Plateau, Republic of Senegal and Esteemed Delegation at the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard, June 18, 2019.Pasadena Councilmember John J. Kennedy meets the Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles.Excellency Alione Ndoye, Mayor of Daker-Plateau, Republic of Senegal at the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard, June 18, 2019.The Mayor of Pasadena Terry Tornek and the Mayor of Dakar-Plateau, Republic of Senegal Alioune Ndoye exchange gifts during the Welcome Reception for the Sister City of Dakar-Plateau in the Honor of his Excellency Alione Ndoye, Mayor of Daker-Plateau, Republic of Senegal and Esteemed Delegation at the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard, June 18, 2019.The Esteemed Delegation of the Republic of Senegal during the Welcome Reception for the Sister City of Dakar-Plateau in the Honor of his Excellency Alione Ndoye, Mayor of Daker-Plateau, Republic of Senegal and Esteemed Delegation at the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard, June 18, 2019.Excellency Alione Ndoye, Mayor of Daker-Plateau, Republic of Senegal receives a desk plaque with his name from Mayor Terry Tornek at the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard, June 18, 2019.Pasadena Councilmember John J. Kennedy and the Mayor of Dakar-Plateau, Republic of Senegal Alioune Ndoye exchange gifts during the Welcome Reception for the Sister City of Dakar-Plateau in the Honor of his Excellency Alione Ndoye, Mayor of Daker-Plateau, Republic of Senegal and Esteemed Delegation at the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard, June 18, 2019.The Mayor of Pasadena Terry Tornek and His Excellency Mayor of Dakar-Plateau, Republic of Senegal Alioune Ndoye exchange gifts during the Welcome Reception for the Sister City of Dakar-Plateau in the Honor of his Excellency Alione Ndoye, Mayor of Daker-Plateau, Republic of Senegal and Esteemed Delegation at the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard, June 18, 2019.The Mayor of Dakar-Plateau, Republic of Senegal Alioune Ndoye receives gifts during the Welcome Reception for the Sister City of Dakar-Plateau in the Honor of his Excellency Alione Ndoye, Mayor of Daker-Plateau, Republic of Senegal and Esteemed Delegation at the Pasadena City Hall Courtyard, June 18, 2019.

Photography by JAMES CARBONE

5:07 am | June 19, 2019


A community reception Tuesday at Pasadena City Hall feted his Excellency Alioune Ndoye, Mayor of Dakar-Plateau of the Republic of Senegal, and his Esteemed Delegation, all of whom are in Pasadena to formalize the new Sister City relationship between the two cities.

The courtyard ceremony began with a Pasadena Police and Fire Department color guard and U.S. and Senegalese pledges of allegiance by their respective audience members.

Speeches, gift exchanges and a performance by Inner City Youth Orchestra of Los Angeles highlighted the event.

Mayor Ndoye smiled and held high a nameplate similar to those used in Pasadena Council Chambers to identify Councilmembers which bore his name, presented to him by Mayor Tornek.

Tuesday’s ceremony was one of a number of activities to which Ndoye and his delegation are being treated since arriving in Pasadena last Thursday, June 13.

The group visited the Rose Bowl to watch Gold Cup soccer match, toured educational and cultural institutions, and formalized the Sister City relationship at Monday’s City Council meeting.

The public has several more chances to meet the entire delegation:

Thursday, June 20:

Community Reception at Alkebu-lan Cultural Center, 1435 North Raymond Avenue, from 3 to 5 p.m. Reservations for this event have closed.

Friday, June 21:

Gala Farewell at Jackie Robinson Park Recreation Center. Click here for more information.

Dakar-Plateau itself is relatively small, with a population of 36,900, but it is one of 16 districts of Senegal’s capital of Dakar, a sprawling coastal city of over 1 million. Dakar is the westernmost city on the African mainland.

The African city joins Ludwigshafen, Germany; Mishima, Japan; Järvenpää, Finland; Vanadzor, Armenia; and Xicheng District in Beijing, China, as being a sister city partner to Pasadena.