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Indian Heritage Festival At Kensico Dam

August 4, 2005

The 58th anniversary of India's independence will be celebrated with festive music, colorfully costumed folk dancing and Indian astrologers at the Indian Heritage Festival, Sunday, August 7, noon to 6:30 p.m., at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

The festival kicks off with a flag-raising ceremony to commemorate the moment on August 15, 1947, when British colonial rule ended in the subcontinent.

Throughout the day, there will be a variety of cultural performances showcasing the music and dance of India, and festival-goers are welcome to join the folk dancing. Indian wear will be showcased during a fashion show, and visitors can purchase retail merchandise. Vendors will offer bridal make-up and henna art, traditional rangoli, along with various other arts and crafts.

Indian cuisine, including delicious regional fare, will be for sale. In addition, there will be a community health fair, along with amusement rides, sand art and other activities for children throughout the day.

Admission and parking are free. The festival will be held rain or shine.

The celebration is sponsored by Westchester County Parks in cooperation with the Indian American Cultural Association of Westchester.

The Kensico Dam Plaza is located at the north end of the Bronx River Parkway in Valhalla. For more information call (914) 864-PARK. General information on Westchester County Parks is available at


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