Mayor Villaraigosa to Attend Independence Day Festival

Participants at last year's Independence Day Festival

HOLLYWOOD–California State Assemblymembers Paul Krekorian and Kevin de Leon have joined LA City Council President Eric Garcetti and a growing list of elected officials who will co-sponsor the Third Annual Armenian Independence Day Festival in Little Armenia.
Among the distinguished politicians set to join the Armenian Community of Southern California are Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, and Congressman Brad Sherman. The Festival will take place on Sunday, June 1 from 11 am to 7 pm on Hollywood Boulevard, between Vermont and Alexandria streets.
"We thank our elected officials for their support of this special event and their continued support of the Armenian American community," said Festival Committee member Ara Krikorian.
The large scale block party will feature a variety of cultural displays, musical and dance performances, ethnic food, and vendors. The festival will also have a kid’s zone, which includes a petting zoo, pony rides, and various games and rides.
Among the various entertainers that will perform at the festival are Harout Pamboukjian, Sako, Sahag Sisslian, Ara Shahbazian, Gagik Badalyan, Harout Jekelian, the Knar Band, Armenian dance groups, and a traditional dhol-zourna band.
The Annual Armenian Festival in Little Armenia is the largest of its kind and is organized by the Armenian Independence Day Festival Committee, under the auspices of the Armenian Cultural Foundation. The festival marks the 90th anniversary of Armenian Independence declared on May 28, 1918 following almost 600 years of Ottoman Turkish oppression.
The First Republic of Armenia established on this date set the foundation for today’s independent Republic of Armenia, which was one of the first former Soviet Republics to declare independence on September 21, 1991.
Those who wish to obtain more information about the festival are encouraged to call (818) 243-9264 or visit www.littlearmeniafestival.com.


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