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Colombian Independence Day Celebrated Thursday with Ceremony, Festival

By Katie Honan | July 11, 2013 9:26am
 The festival for Colombia's Independence Day begins at 2 p.m.
The festival for Colombia's Independence Day begins at 2 p.m.
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CORONA — Colombia’s independence will be commemorated Thursday with an annual celebration and cultural fair held at Flushing Meadows Corona Park.

The Independence of Colombia festival will feature live entertainment, authentic food, a proclamation by Councilwoman Julissa Ferreras and a keynote speech from Colombian Senator Juan Manuel Galán Pachón.

The festivities will be held at the Queens Theater in partnership with the Colombian Consulate and Afro-Colombia New York, with a cultural fair held earlier in the day in an adjacent parking lot.

There will be food from local businesses like Pollos Marios Restaurant and Cali Caliente, and performances from singers Elian Uribe, Armando Son and others. A clown, a local cheerleading group and salsa group Cali Salsa Palmundo are among some of the other performers. 

Colombian Independence Day is celebrated on July 20 and commemorates the formation of the country’s first representative council against Spanish rule in 1810.

The cultural fair begins at 2 p.m. and the official ceremony will be held from 5-8 p.m.