Westchester County Heritage of India Festival to be held Sunday in Valhalla

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(Ardsley, NY) – Come celebrate India’s culture at the Heritage of India Festival on Sunday, August 7, from noon to 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla.

County Executive George Latimer said, “India is one of the most diverse and inclusive cultures in the world. Those born in India are known for their hospitality, compassion and empathy while promoting respect, peace and harmony. Come to Kensico Dam Plaza and experience a taste of India in our own backyard.

Parks Commissioner Kathleen O’Connor said, “Gather together on the great lawn at Kensico to learn about India’s culture and enjoy a day filled with peace, love and harmony.”

The Heritage of India Festival takes place from noon until 6 p.m. There will be live Indian cultural performances, Indian cuisine, an Indian merchandise bazaar, mehendi (henna) art and children’s arts and crafts.

The festival will be held rain or shine. Seating is informal; bring blankets or folding chairs for seating on the lawn. No coolers will be allowed. Admission and parking are free. Carpooling or taking mass transit is encouraged. To attend the festival via Metro North, ride the Harlem Line to Valhalla Station.

The other heritage festivals in the series are:

Jewish – Sunday, Aug. 21, noon – 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

Muslim Heritage – Sunday, Aug. 28, noon – 6 p.m. at Kensico Dam Plaza, Valhalla

The Heritage of India Festival is presented by the Indian Cultural Association of Westchester and co-sponsored by Westchester County Parks, Edwards-Dowdle Funeral Home, Inc., Regeneron Pharmaceuticals, St. John’s Riverside Hospital, Sunlight Pharmacy and Sunrise Pharmacy.

Kensico Dam Plaza is located at 1 Bronx River Parkway, Valhalla. For more information, call 914-864-PARK or visit parks.westchestergov.com

Please be advised that on Sunday, August 7 the Bronx River Parkway will be closed for Bicycle Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. between Scarsdale Road in Yonkers and the Westchester County Center in White Plains. The park can be accessed via Route 22, from the north or south.