With the 325th anniversary year of New Rochelle upon us, there will be many opportunities to celebrate the diverse culture of the Queen City of the Sound.
First up, the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District Family Days series for 2013—with a global component—begins with the Mexican custom of Three Kings Day program from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 6 at the New Rochelle Public Library.
The free program will showcase traditions celebrated as they are in much of Mexico, according to Barbara Davis, the community relations coordinator for the library.
Families will be able to create a project, see live performances by children's performers, sample refreshments—including Rosca de Reyes (Three Kings Bread)—and crack open pinatas containing special treats. The Three Kings are expected to make a surprise visit, bringing gifts of books for the children.
In February, the Chinese New Year will be celebrated Tuesday, Feb. 19, during school vacation week. There will be a children's craft workshop from 10:30 a.m. to noon featuring dragon making and refreshments and dances at 2 p.m. presented by the New York Chinese Cultural Center.
African-American Heritage Month will be observed at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 with the annual performance by Bokandeye African Dance and Drum Troupe, led by Anthony Wooden.
A full list of all 2013 BID Family Days Go Global events can be found by clicking here.
BID Family Days are presented by the New Rochelle Downtown Business Improvement District with the New Rochelle Public Library, the City School District of New Rochelle and the Department of Parks and Recreation.