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Annual Persian American Festival Expected to Attract Thousands to Black Hill Regional Park on April 7, 2013

April 1, 2013

BOYDS, MD—The IrAmerican Civic Society (ICS) in cooperation with Montgomery Parks, part of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission will host its annual Sizdeh Bedar festival at Black Hill Regional Park in Boyds Sunday, April 7 from 7:00 am – 5:00 pm. Parking passes for entrance to the festival are $25 and can be purchased by contacting the IrAmerican Civic Association at (703) 442-8100 .

Traffic and crowd controls for the event will be managed by Montgomery Parks’ park managers for Black Hill Regional Park in collaboration with the Maryland-National Capital Park Police. West Old Baltimore Road will remain open for vehicular traffic during the festival but will not accommodate parking or pedestrian traffic. Currently closed on the east side for construction, West Old Baltimore Road is expected to reopen by April 7. In the event the road is not ready on that date, alternative operational plans will be implemented

Park Police have established a hotline number, 301-528-3469, which residents, park neighbors and patrons may call on the day of the event with any questions or concerns. For questions about this event prior to Sunday, please call 301-495-2595.

Sizdeh Bedar is the Persian festival of spring. Iranian Americans and others will celebrate this age-old spring event in parks and various outdoor settings across the nation Sunday, the thirteenth day of the Persian Year—Norouz. The celebration at Black Hill will include live Persian music, cultural activities, and freshly grilled food and sweets.

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