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Kaveh Ghovanloo was the Iranian Santa Claus who handed out gifts a the Nowruz Festival on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Esets

Iranian American Society celebrates Nowruz

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Kaveh Ghovanloo was the Iranian Santa Claus who handed out gifts a the Nowruz Festival on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Esets

Music and dancing in elegant costumes, were a big part of the third annual Nowruz Festival in Rockefeller Gardens on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Music and dancing in elegant costumes, were a big part of the third annual Nowruz Festival in Rockefeller Gardens on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

People from all walks of life celebrated the Iranian New Year with the Iranian American Society on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

People from all walks of life celebrated the Iranian New Year with the Iranian American Society on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Roshana Nofret, director of the MECA Dance Ensemble, dances on the stage at Rockefeller Gardens on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Roshana Nofret, director of the MECA Dance Ensemble, dances on the stage at Rockefeller Gardens on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

The MECA Dance Ensemble performed several times in different costumes at the Nowruz 1396 festival. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

The MECA Dance Ensemble performed several times in different costumes at the Nowruz 1396 festival. Photo by Jacque Estes

Navid Hasan snaps a photo of Maryam Khosrovani and Susan Joulaee. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Navid Hasan snaps a photo of Maryam Khosrovani and Susan Joulaee. Photo by Jacque Estes

Zahra Hasan smiles from behind her booth at the Nowruz Festival on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Zahra Hasan smiles from behind her booth at the Nowruz Festival on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Fay Bahrami, left, dances with her dance ensemble, Jaylah Poku, Autumn Poku, Yasmimne Burrill, Summer Bell, and Kianh Burrill. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Fay Bahrami, left, dances with her dance ensemble, Jaylah Poku, Autumn Poku, Yasmimne Burrill, Summer Bell, and Kianh Burrill. Photo by Jacque Estes

Rockefeller Gardens was filled with the sights, sounds and scents of Iran on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Rockefeller Gardens was filled with the sights, sounds and scents of Iran on Sunday afternoon. Photo by Jacque Estes

Fariba Toutounchian and Mohammad Bahrami, vice president of the Iranian American Society, talk during the Nowruz Festival on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Fariba Toutounchian and Mohammad Bahrami, vice president of the Iranian American Society, talk during the Nowruz Festival on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Reza Oleiki portrayed Haji Firuz as Mehrdad Khorassani videos his performance. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Reza Oleiki portrayed Haji Firuz as Mehrdad Khorassani videos his performance. Photo by Jacque Estes

Fahimeh and Mohammad Bahrami pose for a photo with a Daf, a large Persian frame drum, at Rockefeller Gardens on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Fahimeh and Mohammad Bahrami pose for a photo with a Daf, a large Persian frame drum, at Rockefeller Gardens on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Manous Richey at the Nowruz on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Manous Richey at the Nowruz on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Autumn Poku enjoyed a modern day inflatable slide in a traditional dance costume at the Nowruz on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Autumn Poku enjoyed a modern day inflatable slide in a traditional dance costume at the Nowruz on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

An inflatable slide kept the children happy. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

An inflatable slide kept the children happy. Photo by Jacque Estes

An inflatable slide kept the children happy. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

An inflatable slide kept the children happy. Photo by Jacque Estes

Susie Latif and Manous Ritchey dance during the Nowruz Festival on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

Susie Latif and Manous Ritchey dance during the Nowruz Festival on Sunday. Photo by Jacque Estes

The MECA Dance Ensemble complete one of many dances at the festival on Sunday. Left to right: Majilyn Regueira, Roshana Nofret, Elena Cortizas, and Shahar Perera. Photo by Jacque Estes

Sunday, Mar. 19, 2017 |

The MECA Dance Ensemble complete one of many dances at the festival on Sunday. Left to right: Majilyn Regueira, Roshana Nofret, Elena Cortizas, and Shahar Perera. Photo by Jacque Estes

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