The New York Racing Association will host a weekly celebration of global culture and heritage with its inaugural International Heritage Series at Saratoga Race Course during the 2014 summer meet.
The day-long events will feature traditional music, dance, entertainment, crafts, and food each Wednesday from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. in the Saratoga Pavilion, located inside the reserved seats box office entrance. Musical and dance performances will also take place near the Saratoga bandstand and gazebo throughout each afternoon.
The International Heritage Series lineup will include: Latino-American Day, July 23; Italian-American Day on July 30; Irish-American Day, Aug. 6; African-American Day, Aug. 13; and Asian-American Day, Aug. 20. The final installment of the series will celebrate the history and culture of Saratoga Springs with Saratoga Heritage Day Aug. 27.
"We look forward to welcoming first-time fans and loyal guests to Saratoga to celebrate their heritage and enjoy some of the finest Thoroughbred racing in the world," said The New York Racing Association CEO and president Chris Kay in a release.
Fans will be encouraged to dress up their picnic displays in the backyard with cultural décor in correspondence with the weekly theme for the chance to win a variety of prizes.
Organizations interested in participating in the inaugural International Heritage Series at Saratoga should contact Nicole Cochetti at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 2014 summer meet at Saratoga runs July 18 through Labor Day, Sept. 1.