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Flag bearers representing Latin American countries as well (Credit: Angela Gaul)

Flag bearers representing Latin American countries as well as Spain participate in a welcome program as Westchester County sponsors its annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

Hispanic Heritage Festival in Valhalla

The Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla featured live music, salsa dancing, children's games, arts and crafts and vendor booths offering jewelry, clothing and other merchandise. The event was sponsored by Westchester County Parks and Alianza Latina. (July 22, 2012)

Flag bearers representing Latin American countries as well
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Flag bearers representing Latin American countries as well as Spain participate in a welcome program as Westchester County sponsors its annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

If you like pina coladas ... this was
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

If you like pina coladas ... this was the place to be at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

White Plains Girl Scouts Paola Magana and Gisselle
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

White Plains Girl Scouts Paola Magana and Gisselle Coatl, both 9, hold flags representing Latin American countries in a welcome program for Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

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One of the more unusual sights at Westchester
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

One of the more unusual sights at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

Isabella Duenas, 15, of Somers, sings
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Isabella Duenas, 15, of Somers, sings "God Bless the U.S.A." at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. She also gave a short speech about being proud to have Colombian and Venezuelan heritage. (July 22, 2012)

A mariachi band performs at Westchester County's annual
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

A mariachi band performs at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

From left, Khaleelah Brown of New Rochelle paints
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

From left, Khaleelah Brown of New Rochelle paints a tiger face on Sophia Innocenzia, 8, of White Plains, at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

Audience members clap for Isabella Duenas, 15, of
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Audience members clap for Isabella Duenas, 15, of Somers, after she sang "God Bless the U.S.A." at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

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Flags are everywhere at Westchester County's annual Hispanic
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Flags are everywhere at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

Mario Avila of White Plains and his wife,
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Mario Avila of White Plains and his wife, Rosalina Quiroz, shop at a stall offering jewelry, religious statuettes, hats and other patriotic accessories for people from Latina American countries at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

Paula Scott of Mount Vernon appeals to Hispanic
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Paula Scott of Mount Vernon appeals to Hispanic voters as she campaign for President Barack Obama at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

It's a beautiful day at Westchester County's annual
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

It's a beautiful day at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

Eshter Lazenka of Wappingers offers free samples of
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

Eshter Lazenka of Wappingers offers free samples of Wild Coyote Gourmet Salsa at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

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It's a great day to relax at Westchester
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

It's a great day to relax at Westchester County's annual Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

A stall from the Veracruz II restaurant serves
(Credit: Angela Gaul)

A stall from the Veracruz II restaurant serves up platters of Mexican food at the Hispanic Heritage Festival at Kensico Dam Plaza in Valhalla. (July 22, 2012)

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