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Livingston Town Campout Postponed; Family and Diversity Festivals Still Prepared for Fun

Livingston Diversity Festival 2015 Credits: Tom Adams
Livingston Diversity Festival 2015 Credits: Tom Adams
Livingston Diversity Festival 2015 Credits: Tom Adams
Livingston Diversity Festival 2015 Credits: Tom Adams

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Although the tents are up and ready to accommodate Saturday’s Family Festival Day at the Oval from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Livingston’s Senior Youth & Leisure Services announced today that the Town Wide Campout and Movie Under the Stars previously scheduled for Saturday evening will be postponed to a later date due to a forecast of afternoon showers.

Family Festival Day will include a petting zoo, pony rides, a “Crafts Corner” with local girl scouts, DJ, face painters, DPW Trucks, Fire Trucks and Ambulances on display, Police ID station, Livingston Robotics Club featuring Team A.I.R., Livingston Animal Shelter, LMAC, Balloon maker, KO’s Taekwando, Food Day tent, Super Kids Olympics, Chalk Walk, Fishing Derby, Display Tables, Recycle Comm, Town Camp, Diversity Committee, New World Manga Comics, Maurice Inflatables and more.

On Sunday, May 22, from 12 p.m. to 6 p.m., the West Essex YMCA will once again host a town-wide Diversity Festival as the grand finale to this year’s Youth Appreciation Week festivities. The event is free, and will be held rain or shine. 

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“The festival is a day to celebrate the diversity of our community. It’s a time to enjoy each other’s cultures, foods, entertainment and company,” said West Essex Y Associate Executive Director Cheryl Francione. “We invite everyone to come out and enjoy the day, and experience each other’s traditions.”

Livingston Mayor Al Anthony will officially open the festival at noon, followed by a six-hour show of international song and dance numbers until 6 p.m. 

Country-themed tables will display cultural items from around the world, and various ethnic food samples will be offered for free. This year’s festival will also include an art activity for children with a diversity theme, an interactive belly-dance class and a demonstration of youth sports activities from around the world. As a bonus this year, there will also be a specialist in Americana antiques, who will appraise people’s heirlooms for free.

The festival is intended as a fun and interactive learning experience for children and adults alike. The West Essex Y, the Livingston Committee for Diversity and the Youth Appreciation Week Committee welcome all to attend and be part of the celebration free of charge.

“We may have different customs, but we are really not so different after all,” said Francione. “Each of us plays an important role in making our community a very special place. Guests are invited to arrive in ethnic costumes, and become a part of the festivities.”

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