WESTFIELD, NJ — Indian dances by students from local schools, the performance of English Baroque music and the Chinese Lion Dance will be among festivities at Mindowaskin Park Saturday.

The municipality with the support of the Union County Freeholders and Coldwell Banker will hold its first Westfield Multicultural Festival from 1 – 3 p.m. at the park, the town announced. The festivities will begin with a “parade of nations” from the Mindowaskin Park playground to the gazebo in the park, town officials said in a news release.

Music and dance performances will follow, including bagpipers, Indian dances by middle and high school students and the performances of traditional English baroque songs by the Valencia School of Music, officials said.

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There will be Bengali dance performances, a “modified Israeli belly dance” performed by Sharon Fit Belly Dance & Group Fitness Studio and Irish dancing from the Shea Jennings School of Irish Dance, officials said.

There will be Bollywood flash mob and dancers from Westfield Ballroom will perform “Westfield Coast Swing” tunes, in addition to performing the Dominican Bachata and German Polka, officials said.

Members of the Westfield Chinese American Association are slated to perform a Chinese Lion Dance, officials said.

Booths representing various countries will display information, crafts, artwork, clothing and lead activities including henna tattoos, origami and carom board games, according to the release.

You can also grab a bite to eat from local purveyors, including the Westfield Station Café, Vine Ripe Markets, 1958 Cuban Cuisine and Outta Hand Pizza.

Mayor Shelley Brindle said she is thrilled to have Westfield host the event highlighting cultures in and around the town.

“We’ve seen such an enthusiastic response from members of the community to showcase their heritages and participate in this first-time event,” Brindle said. “I hope everyone will join us for what I expect will be a fantastic afternoon celebrating diversity.”

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