After Drake declared this weekend (June 12-15) "Houston Appreciation Weekend", taking over the city with performances and special events, the Toronto-native's adopted American hometown has reciprocated the love by declaring June 10 as "Drake Day".
Before an Astros game at Minute Maid Park Thursday, Drake took the field and thanked the audience for the warm reception he's received in what he called "the greatest city in the world."
He continued, “This is where I birthed my career. This is where I sold out my first show. This is where I met Lil Wayne. This is where it all started for me.”
Drake's October's Very Own "Houston Appreciation Weekend" schedule includes pop up shops around the city, parties every night, a live Drake warehouse party, a pool party, a "Think Like a Man" movie premiere and a basketball tournament.
Houston Mayor Annise D. Parker made the Drake's holiday announcement the at a ceremony Friday. According to an official proclamation the rapper later posted to Instagram, the hip-hop holiday "commends and appreciates Drake for dedicating his time to Houston through his passion and enthusiasm for music and our city."
It continues to state, “In 2008, Lil Wayne invited Drake to fly to Houston and tour with him, and as a result, Drake has been a City Of Houston Ambassador, paying homage to Houston through his lyrics. He frequently mentions Houston in his songs, such as when he coined the term ‘Houstatlantavegas’, and has also been known to show kindness to the citizens of Houston.”
See the proclamation here: