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Thousands Are Expected at Iranian New Year Event

April 02, 1998|LISA ADDISON

The Iranian New Year, Sizdeh Bedar, will be celebrated Sunday at William R. Mason Regional Park.

"It's quite an event, and there are more than 100 booths with clothing, jewelry, crafts and food," said Ro Rooney, a park spokeswoman.

More than 30,000 people are expected at the celebration between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m.

"In terms of the number of people who attend, this is probably the biggest event held at the park each year," Rooney said.

The Irvine Police Department suggests that those who are not attending the event use alternate routes in the area.

The roadways most affected by traffic during the event are University Drive between the San Diego Freeway and MacArthur Boulevard; Culver Drive between Campus Drive and Sandburg Way; and Harvard Avenue between Culver Drive and Michelson Drive.

Parking fees will be $10. Drivers will be charged an entry fee each time they enter and reenter the park. There will be no street parking, and there is no shuttle service for the event this year.

Information: (714) 854-2490 or (714) 724-7022.

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