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April Fools Day Parade NYC

Breaks Guinness Book World Record for Trump Look-alikes

april fools day parade nycApril 1, 2017 / Upper East Side Neighborhood UES / Things to do Manhattan / Fact & Fiction / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

On Saturday morning I made my way to the corner of 59th Street and Fifth Avenue to photograph and cover the April Fools Day Parade in Manhattan. For years I'd noticed this event, and last year finally posted it, wondering if in fact it was just a prank.

This year they spiced things up a bit, by posting a downloadable Trump mask on the site which people contemplating participating in the parade could wear to help them break the Guinness Book of World Records for the largest crowd of Trump Look-alikes.

You can imagine my surprise and dismay when I arrived early and there were only a couple of people milling around in what I would have assumed was the proper location. But the disappointment gave way to plenty of smiles as one by one the Trumpsters arrived and it wasn't long before there were hundreds, possibly over a thousand, Trump Look-alikes.

I spoke to the organizer of the 32nd Annual April Fools Day Parade who told me they had succeeded in meeting the verification requirements needed to get the official designation of having broken a Guinness Book of World Records. So congratulations to the organizers on a job well done.

Next year I'm planning on inviting some out-of-town guests to participate in the 33rd Annual NYC April Fools Day Parade, as it turned out to be a very humorous way to start the day.


NYC Village Halloween Parade

A Brief History of the Village Halloween Parade in Manhattan

village halloween parade nycOctober 31, 2016 / West Village Neighborhood / Holiday Events in Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz.

The Village Halloween Parade is the only nighttime parade in New York City, and according to Wikipedia, the only nighttime parade in the entire country.

 

The Village Halloween Parade first began in 1974 when a Manhattan puppeteer, Ralph Lee, organized artists, musicians and theater people in a celebration of the arts in the West Village neighborhood of Manhattan. In the early years the parade was cast as street theater and it was not only wildly reflective of the times, but also outrageously reflective of the gay scene in the West Village in the 1970's.

 

Within a few years the parade expanded its route out of the West Village into Washington Square, and within ten years the parade had greatly outgrown the Village neighborhood streets and was moved onto Sixth Avenue.

 

village halloween parade nycAs the Village Halloween Parade grew in size, some of its outrageousness was lost. The ability to break through was lost possibly because over the years the American cultural scene has continually opened up, and thus it has become increasingly difficult to shock the public. And possibly because there are so many theatrical vignettes in the Village Halloween Parade, that it's harder to break through.

 

Each year it seems puppeteers continue to make their showing, reflective of the Village Halloween Parade origins. And artists, theatrical people and musicians continue to participate in the parade, as do many New Yorkers seeking a spot on the street scene stage.

 

The parade route begins at Houston and 6th Avenue and heads north to 14th Street, traversing the entire length of the West Village. Every year hundreds of thousands line the streets, seeking to enjoy the visual, musical and theatrical feast. It's a bit like the American version of Mardi Gras, even though Halloween itself originated as an Irish Harvest Festival over a millenium ago.

 

Céad míle fáilte & have a Happy Halloween.


Pulaski Parade Charms Manhattan

things to do manhattan this weekendOctober 4, 2016 / Midtown Manhattan / Manhattan Parades / Manhattan Buzz.

 

I attended the Pulaksi Day Parade on Sunday. The Pulaski Day Parade celebrates Polish heritage in America, highlighting one of the early Polish contributors to America's democracy, General Pulaski who fought in the American Revolutionary War.

 

It was a beautiful clear day with temperatures around 70 degrees and the sun was shining. All along Fifth Avenue people had lined the streets, awaiting the parade floats, bands and marchers. In front of St. Patrick's Cathedral stood two members of the clergy with whom I had a chance to speak.

 

We'll have more about the Pulaski Parade later this week.


Holi Hai in Dag Hammarskjold Park

Indian Festival of Colors Celebrates the End of Winter & Love

holi hai dag hammarskjold plaza photosMay 10, 2016 / Midtown NYC / Holidays in Manhattan / Gotham Buzz.

This year I decided to celebrate the coming of Spring by joining the thousands of Holi Hai celebrants at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza two weeks ago.

Holi [without the Hai] is an ancient Hindu festival that celebrates the end of winter, the triumph of good over evil and love. The Holi festival dates back thousands of years, coming down first through an oral Hindu tradition and first documented about the 4th century A.D. according to Wikipedia. I'll get into the mythology and history that accompanies this annual celebration a bit later in this report.

I'm pretty sure that the Holi Hai festival at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza began in 2013, thus making this its fourth year. The event started at 2nd Avenue and 47th Street in Midtown East at 11 am and ended at 6 pm, although many folks didn't depart the plaza until sometime later. During the seven hour event there were easily hundreds of celebrants at any one given time, and musical performances on a stage set back in along the plaza, complemented by several Asian food stalls interspersed in and around the plaza.

But the main fun is in the interactions that take place within the large body of celebrants, who don old T-shirts, and come prepared to give messy and get messy. More to come late this week.


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Chinatown History NYC & Chinese New Year Parade Manhattan

Manhattan: Chinese New Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year Parade & Brief NYC Chinatown History

February 15, 2016 / Chinatown Manhattan NYC / Things To Do Manhattan / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

Ancient Chinese Calendar Based on Chinese Zodiac & Study of Planets

This past week Manhattan celebrated the Chinese New Year of the Monkey. The Monkey is fun-loving, curious, clever and mischievous. Those born this year, or five Chinese calendar cycles ago in 1944, are born under the influence of the Fire element. There are five elements, and each influences a 12 year / Chinese calendar cycle. We are currently in a Chinese calendrical cycle that is influenced by the Fire sign. It is believed the 12 years corresponds to the 11.86 years it takes Jupiter to revolve around the sun.

Chinese Five Elements Influence 12 Years of the Calendar Cycle

Every calendar cycle is influenced by one of the five elements: metal, water, wood, fire and earth. And each of these natural elements signifies something. The five elements are associated with the five planets nearest to earth which are: Mercury [water], Mars [fire], Venus [metal], Saturn [earth] and Jupiter [wood]. The five elements are all natural and have transformative influences on each other. For instance water can extinguish a fire, a fire can be created with wood, and fire can melt metal. If you study these transformations you will see that they are all connected, like nature itself, a part of a whole. Thus an entire cycle encompasses the five elements times each calendrical [or zodiac] sign for a total of 60 years.

Click here for a brief history of NYC Chinatown in Manhattan and the NYC Chinese New Year Parade in Manhattan.



Thanksgiving Day Parade Manhattan

89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NYC

thanksgiving day parade nycNovember 27, 2015 / UWS Upper West Side Neighborhood / Manhattan Parades NYC / Manhattan Buzz / by Michael Wood.

 

On Thursday November 27, 2015 the 89th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began at 9 am. The hydrogen-filled balloons are inflated and held along Central Park West around the Museum of Natural History on Wednesday evening. You can view them the night before Thanksgiving, as they are fastened securely to the ground, for free.

 

Sometime in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, folks from around the nation begin to camp out along the Thanksgiving Day Parade route to secure a good viewing location in advance of the parade. These intrepid members of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade audience braved the weather, which this year was pretty accommodating. When I arrived between 7 and 8 am it was in the mid 40's.

 

I asked a few of them why they did this and they told me that they had traveled from distant states and may never see the parade in person again. Some of them also had friends or family marching in the parade and they didn't want to miss seeing and photographing them marching in the nationally televised parade.

Click here to visit our section dedicated to Manhatan Parades NYC.


Nigerian Parade NYC

Nigerian Americans Celebrate their 55th Year of Independence

things to do manhattanOctober 26, 2015 / Midtown Neighborhood NYC / Things To Do Midtown / Manhattan Buzz / by Michael Wood. It was a beautiful Fall day as I made my way to watch the Nigerian Parade. The celebration was scheduled to run from about 11 am to 5 or 6 pm. I saw multiple listings for the parade time, including at noon and at 1 pm, but in fact they 'hit the road' a bit later than that.

Nigeria is celebrating its 55th year of independence from Great Britain. The country was formed in its current state around 1914. Independence was recognized in 1960 and Nigeria began operating as a Republic in 1963. Its current Constitution was put in place in 1999.

Nigeria is located in central Africa, along its western coast on the Gulf of Guinea which lies adjacent to the Atlantic Ocean and has a population of about 180 million people. While English is the official language, the native languages of the dominant tribes - the Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo - are also spoken in great numbers.

Nigeria currently has the largest economy in Africa [recently surpasses South Africa] and the 20th largest economy in the world because of its rich oil supplies. Nigeria provides the United States with about 20% of its oil imports and hence runs a trade surplus with the U.S.

There appears to be constant political turmoil in the nation due to: 1) international interest in the nation's oil, 2) the nation's three largest ethnic groups are about the same size and 3) the Islamist movement is also at work in the region. It seems Nigeria's oil riches have generated a considerable amount of non-domestic interest.


Columbus Day Parade NYC Photos & Video | columbus day parade nyc columbus weekend parade upper east side UES columbus day weekend parade manhattan nyc
Columbus Day Parade NYC Photos & Video

Columbus Day Parade NYC

Upper East Side Welcomes Celebration of Italian Heritage in America

October 13, 2015 / Upper East Side Neighborhood / Manhattan Parades / Manhattan Buzz / by Michael Wood.

Columbus Citizen Foundation

It was a near perfect day as I made my way to the Upper East Side to watch the Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan. The parade is organized by the Columbus Citizen Foundation. The Columbus Citizen Foundation was formed in 1944 under the leadership of Judge S. Samuel Di Falco and Generoso Pope.

Generoso Pope

Generoso Pope's life was one of those American success stories. He came to America just after the turn of the century and died a mega millionaire, having made his money in construction. He was also the publisher of a number of Italian language newspapers and a strong supporter of FDR. In 1934 FDR made Columbus Day a national holiday, which some believed was at Generoso Pope's urging.

Columbus Monument & Columbus Circle on the Upper West Side UWS

Pope and Di Falco established the Columbus Citizen Foundation in 1944 which, as mentioned above, is the organizer of the Columbus Day Parade event. According to the Columbus Citizen Foundation website, the parade had been institutionalized in 1929. Prior to the institution of the parade there was a wreath laying ceremony at Columbus Circle to commemorate the anniversary of Columbus's discovery. Columbus Monument in Columbus Circle was erected in Manhattan in 1892 to celebrate the 400th anniversary of Columbus' discovery.

Click here for more about the history of the Columbus Day Parade in NYC, including photos and a video of it along the Upper East Side.



Celebrate Israel Parade

51st Parade Celebrating the State of Israel

things to do manhattanMay 31, 2015 / UES Upper East Side Neighborhood / Manhattan Parades NYC / Gotham Buzz.

The 51st Celebrate Israel Parade began at 11 am in Midtown at 57th Street along 5th Avenue. Participants came from all over the tri-state area to march in the Manhattan parade, as well as a sizeable contingent that comes from Israel for the event. The Israeli Ambassador attended the parade, as well as a number of members of an Israeli Defense group, to to name just a few.

The parade started in 1965 as the Salute Israel Parade and the name was changed in 2011 to the Celebrate Israel Parade. Since its name change the parade organizers have designated themes for the parade.

The first theme was in 2012 entitled Israel Branches Out, the 2013 theme was entitled Picture Israel: The Art & the Craft, the 2014 theme was 50 Reasons to Celebrate Israel and the 2015 theme was entitled Israel Imagines. One of the parade organizers was asked what that meant and she said imagine peace.

Some of the local government officials who marched in the parade include Mayor de Blasio, Public Defender Letitia James, NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, U.S. Senator Schumer and Queens Borough President Melinda Katz.


Greek Independence Day Parade NYC

Greeks Celebrate Independence From Ottoman Empire

manhattan parades nyc parades manhattan nyc greek parade manhattan nycMarch 31, 2015 / Upper East Side Neighborhood / Manhattan Parades / Gotham Buzz. In 1821 a Greek Bishop tore down the flag of the reigning Ottomans and erected the Greek flag atop his church. This action and this moment is considered by many historians to be the official beginning of the Greek fight for independence from the Ottoman Turks. The Ottomans had ruled Greece for about four centuries.

Fast forward to the 21st century in New York City and the Greeks are on the march once again. The Evzones Presidential Guard marched near the front of the parade. They were preceded by a cadre of government officials including the Governor (who I missed) and the Mayor, as well as government officials from the Greek neighborhood of Astoria in Queens.

The parade was organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies which is an inclusive group of a good number of different Greek cultural and civic groups in the tri-state area. The photo above right shows a group from the University of Thessaloniki in Greece marching along the east side of Central Park on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

Click here to visit our section dedicated to Manhatan Parades NYC.


Greek Independence Day Parade NYC

Greek Diaspora To Converge On UES Manhattan

greek parade nyc greek parade manhattanMarch 23, 2015 / Midtown & Upper East Side / UES Neighborhood / Manhattan Parades / Gotham Buzz. The Greek Independence Day Parade returns to Manhattan on March 29th at 1.45 pm begins on Fifth Avenue at 65th Street and marches up to 79th Street on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

The parade celebrates Greece's struggle for independence from the Ottoman Empire in 1821, when legend has it that Bishop Germanos of Patras erected the Greek flag in defiance of the ruling Turks and the insurgency began.

The parade is organized by the Federation of Hellenic Societies of Greater New York which is located in Astoria Queens. The photo above was taken at the 2013 Greek Independence Day Parade in Manhattan.

Story and photos by Michael Wood.


St Patrick's Day Parade Manhattan

St. Patrick's Day Parade In Manhattan Celebrates Centuries Old Tradition & Becomes Focal Point Between Old & New Social Norms

st pat's parade manhattanMarch 2, 2015 / Midtown NYC / Manhattan Parades / Gotham Buzz. Last year I attended the St. Patrick's Day Parade which begins in Midtown Manhattan and marches north to the Upper East Side.

It's really quite a sight as there are cadres of bagpipers, policemen and firemen, soldiers, sailors, special forces, bands and civilians. It was a very well organized parade. Very neat and very precise ... and with all due respect, not necessarily what I think of, when I think of the Irish.

We'll delve a bit more into the history of the parade, the current controversy and we'll set up a slide show of the parade last year.

Story and photos by Michael Wood.


Thanksgiving Day Parade Manhattan

88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade NYC

thanksgiving day parade nycDecember 1, 2014 / UWS Upper West Side Neighborhood / Manhattan Parades NYC / Midtown Buzz. On Thursday November 27, 2014 the 88th Annual Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade began at 9 am. The hydrogen-filled balloons are inflated and held along Central Park West around the Museum of Natural History on Wednesday evening. You can view them the night before Thanksgiving, as they are fastened securely to the ground, for free.

Sometime in the wee hours of Thanksgiving morning, folks from around the nation begin to camp out along the Thanksgiving Day Parade route to secure a good viewing location in advance of the parade. These intrepid members of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade audience braved the cold temperatures and precipitation. When I arrived between 7 and 8 am it was in the mid 30's.

I asked a few of them why they did this and they told me that they had traveled from distant states and may never see the parade in person again. Some of them also had friends or family marching in the parade and they didn't want to miss seeing and photographing them marching in the nationally televised parade.

The story and photo by Michael Wood.


Village Halloween Parade Photos

Another Entertaining Edition Of Street Theater

village halloween parade photos nycNovember 3, 2014 / Village Neighborhood NYC / Manhattan Parades NYC / Midtown Buzz. I arrived just as the parade was about to begin. There were hundreds of thousands lining the streets to watch the annual Village Halloween Parade. And in the course of the evening we would see thousands march in it.

It was a cool brisk night with temperatures in the high 40's, so not exactly cold, but not warm either. The parade began with a number of policemen on horses marching up the street followed by a few sanitation department employees who would ensure the streets would remain clean of horsey doo.

And then came the spirits of Halloween past, present and future. A lot of creativity went into this holiday parade as you will see in the photo slide show we'll post at a later date.

Story and photo by Michael Wood.


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People's Climate March & Photos

People's Climate March Photos

Over 300,000 People March / Interesting Signage / Creative Costumes / Jazzy Music / Important Message / By The People & For The People / We Are One World / We Are One People / We Must Learn To Live In Harmony With Each Other & With Our Ecosystem

Green Companies Missed Big Marketing Opportunity To Reach Their Passionate Audience

September 22, 2014 / Midtown Neighborhood / Manhattan Parades / News Analysis & Opinion / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

I came up the subway stairs at Times Square Sunday, September 21, 2014 shortly before 1 pm. I had hoped to cover the People's Climate March story beginning at 11.30 am at Columbus Circle which was when the parade was to start; but I was detained and rushed to cover what I had thought might be the END of the parade. Boy, was I wrong. I ran head on into the BEGINNING of the parade, although I had missed the very front of it.

peoples climate marchIt truly was a People's Parade as there were few government officials were in attendance. According to one report I read after the parade, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, former U.S. Vice President Al Gore and UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon joined the head of the parade around 12.45 pm, which was about the time I had arrived, so I missed them.

There were also a few NY City Council Members who marched, versus an NYT report that indicated a third or more planned to march. I recognized three of about five NY City Councilmembers that were there: NY City Council Speaker Viverito, UWS CCM Rosenthal and Astoria Queens CCM Costa Constantinides.

Click here later today to read our full report of the People's Climate March including hundreds of photos, and a number of parade marchers' views of what's really going on, as well as what can practically be done by regular folks about it.

Click here Monday evening to read our report and view photos of the People's Climate March in NYC.



San Gennaro Festival Marches Thru Rain

While Little Italy Serves Visitors Authentic NYC Italian

san gennaro festival parade little italy nycSeptember 15, 2014 / SoHo NYC Little Italy Neighborhood / Manhattan Restaurants / Manhattan Parades / Midtown Buzz. It certainly wasn't ideal weather as I made my way into Little Italy early Saturday afternoon. The clouds above were dark grey, and an on-and-off drizzle dampened the sky.

I arrived shortly before the parade was to pass so I made my way along Mulberry Street photographing the food and clothing carts as I passed. Soon the police and Governor's secret service men arrived, clearing the way.

Mulberry is an old narrow street, allowing just enough room for a vehicle to pass, as the carts filled the streets on either side. Hence there were only a few floats in this parade. And several tightly choreographed local marching bands brought up the rear of the parade. All in all, it was, an old fashioned parade and those of us who had braved the inclement weather greatly enjoyed it.

But the San Gennaro Parade was just the beginning of my adventure in the Little Italy neighborhood of NYC. You'll be able to click here later this week to view the rest of the report along with a photo slide show. The San Gennaro Festival honors the Patron Saint of Naples and continues through next weekend. There's another parade too [see our things to do calendar].

Story and photos by Michael Wood.


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India Day Parade & Photos

India Day Parade Photos

Beautiful Parade Celebrating Indian History & Culture

August 2014 / Manhattan Parades / Midtown Manhattan NYC / Manhattan Buzz NYC.

I attended the 44th annual India Day Parade in Manhattan on Sunday. As you can see by the photo at right, it was a colorful event full of peace, love and cultural enchantment, which are a few of the hallmarks of Indian culture.

It was a large parade including about 40 floats, 20 marching groups and six bands. We photographed Mayor de Blasio appearing at the stand to make a few remarks. And a number of food vendors as well as a number of cultural attractions were stationed where the parade terminated, in Madison Square Park, to provide food and entertainment from 3 pm to 6 pm.

The Indian Day Parade was started in 1981 making this years parade its 34th year. The parade was started by the Federation of Indian Associations [FIA] which, according to Jay (Jaswant) B. Mody [one of the parade officials I met at the event], the FIA started in 1974 / 1975 under a different name. The parade celebrates Indian independence from Great Britain on August 15th of 1947. Pakistan, which was a part of India prior to independence, was granted its independence from Great Britain on August 14th, 1947.

Federation of Indian Associations also celebrates the 26th day of January which is the Republican Day of India [the day the Constitution of India passed into law]. The Federation of Indian Associations also raises funds to help families and to donate to catastrophic situations at home and abroad. As of 2006 more than 300,000 Indian Americans lived in the tristate area and the Indian immigrant population continues to grow. The Federation of India Americans main office is in Jackson Heights in Queens. And significant Indian communities may be found in Edison & Jersey City in NJ, in Stamford and New Haven in Connecticut, and Jackson Heights and Manhattan in NYC.

Click here to read a report about events leading up to India's Independence and view the photos of the India Day Parade NYC in Manhattan.



Parades In Manhattan - Celebrate Israel & Philippine Independence

Tens Of Thousands Participate & Watch Two Separate Parades In NYC

manhattan parades nyc parades manhattanJune 2, 2014 / Midtown NYC / Manhattan Parades NYC / Things To Do Manhattan / Midtown Buzz. Two significant parades occurred this past weekend in Manhattan: the Celebrate Israel Parade and the Philippine Independence Parade.

It was a beautiful sunny morning as I traveled to the Upper East Side of NYC to watch the Celebrate Israel Parade. One of the parade managers told me that there were about 35,000 participants in the parade, and the crowd watching it was comprised of tens of thousands too.

There were literally thousands of school children who marched in the parade, from Jewish communities of and surrounding Manhattan, including the outerboroughs, Long Island, New Jersey and at least one of the groups had come from Pennsylvania to march in the parade. The Celebrate Israel signs and floats contained messages of support for the Israeli state.

After photographing the Celebrate Israel Parade I walked down to 38th Street and Madison Avenue to photograph the Philippine Independence Parade. Here the pageantry turned tropical and the weather had cooperated, so we saw south sea islands silks and satins draping tropical women and men [see photo at right].

We'll have more to report about these parades at a later date, including slide shows.

Story and photos by Michael Wood.


Dance Parade Moves To The Music

Dance Parade Encompasses Cast Of Thousands

dance parade photos nyc 2014May 19, 2014 / East Village NYC / Manhattan Parades NYC / Things To Do Manhattan / Midtown Buzz. I attended the Dance Parade in NYC. It's an event that started in response to some old laws on the books prohibiting certain kinds of behaviors that could encompass dance performances. Laws of a bygone era.

There were thousands lining the streets of the parade route which began in the Flatiron District, moving south along Broadway through the heart of the Village before turning east into the East Village and terminating at Tompkins Square Park. Performances followed at Tompkins Square Park.

In the photo at right you can see a dance group as they march along Broadway not far from Union Square Park. We have a slew of photos of this visual feast which we'll post at a later date.

Story and photos by Michael Wood.


Greek Easter Traditions In Manhattan

Easter Weekend At St. John's In Gramercy Park

manhattan neighborhoodsApril 21, 2014 / Manhattan Neighborhoods / Gramercy Park Neighborhood / Parades Manhattan NYC / Midtown Buzz. Friday evening I made my way to St. John's Orthodox Church in Gramercy Park. There was a Holy Friday church service at 7 pm which was to be followed by a Holy Friday procession through the streets of Manhattan by the parishoners with a large cross and the floral covered epitaphios.

I entered the church was was packed with a standing room only crowd to see what I might see. Incense was burning, leaving a scent wafting through the air, recollective of an age old tradition coming from thousands of miles and thousands of years gone by.

Eventually the crowd made its way into the street which had been cordoned off by the NYPD. Candles were lit and distributed amongst the crowd. And then the parish priest, accompanied by the cross and the epitaphios appeared. We headed west on 17th Street toward Irving Place as the procession began.

In the photo to your right you can see the Greek Orthodox Holy Friday procession of St. John's Greek Orthodox Church in Gramercy Park. A bit to the right of the cross is the red and white, floral-covered, dome-shaped epitaphios. We'll post more photos and a bit more information later in the day / week.


Persian Parade in Midtown Manhattan

things to do manhattanApril 13, 2014 / Things To Do In Manhattan / Parades Manhattan NYC / MidtownBuzz. I attended the Persian Day Parade in Manhattan on Sunday. It was a colorful historic parade on a sunny and relatively warm April afternoon. The parade was well attended by many people of Iranian / Persian descent as they lined Madison Avenue between 38th Street and Madison Square Park.

The parade contained many dancers, dressed in ancient Persian garb. The dancers were primarily females, but there were some male dancers too. A number of musical groups were also performing in the parade, including one group which not only played the instruments, but also did a dance step too.

And there were quite a number of large decorative floats, some commemorating the 'old country' while others were sponsored by commercial organizations or designed to make a statement about an issue, like a nuclear fusion group.

The photo to your right is a float representing Khaju Bridge which was built about 400 years ago. The bridge is of Safavian architecture and not only served as a bridge, but also a damn and a public building with the offices of the government.


Tartan Parade / Tartan Week In Manhattan

April 6, 2014 / Things To Do In Manhattan / Parades Manhattan NYC / MidtownBuzz. There was a Scottish Parade in Manhattan Sunday to commemorate the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320. It asserted Scottish sovereignity and was believed to have an influence on the U.S. Constitution, because it was one of the first documents to declare rights of freedom.

The Tartan Parade began on Saturday at 11 am [?] and ran along 6th Avenue from 45th Street to 55th Street. April 6th is the officially designated Tartan Day. This week is also national Tartan Week which included a number of other events like the Tartan Day run through Central Park on Saturday, and a celebratory luncheon at Bryant Park during Tartan Week.

The Tartan parade is organized by National Tartan Day New York Committee at 150 East 55th Street, 3rd Floor, New York, NY 10022 / (212) 980 - 0844. Other participating groups included the St Andrews Society of New York, the New York Caledonian Club, the American-Scottish Foundation and Clan Campbell.


Greek Independence Day Parade In Manhattan NYC

things to do in manhattanMarch 30, 2014 / Things To Do In Manhattan / Parades Manhattan NYC / MidtownBuzz. It was a cloudy day with highs in the 50's and a high probability of sporadic rain for the Sunday of the Greek Independence Day Parade in Manhattan.

But the Greeks are intrepid and a good crowd lined Fifth Avenue to watch the Greek Independence Day Parade which began at 64th Street and Fifth Avenue and marched up to 79th Street.

The parade encapsulated a number of historic moments of the Grecian past, including the battle of Themopylae when King Leonidas of Sparta lead the federation of Greek city states against the mighty Persian Empire of Xerxes. The Persians had plans to conquer all of Greece to make it their own, while the Greeks fought to remain a conglomeration of city states.

The small Grecian force held off a Persian army many times their size, in one of history's great last stands.

Click here to see photos of the Greek Independence Day Parade in NYC.


St Patrick's Day Parade In NYC

st patricks day parade nyc midtown places to watch parade times st patricks day parade nycMarch 12, 2014 / Things To Do in Manhattan / Midtown Buzz.  Amid a bit of controversy regarding the admittance of gay participants in the parade, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC will march ahead as planned.  

The NYC St Patrick's Day Parade has been around for 253 years, beginning in 1761. The NYC St Patrick's Day Parade begins in Midtown at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue and ends at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side.

In the photo at right are the folks who braved the windy 20 and 30 degree weather to watch the St Patrick's Day Parade in Manhattan.


St Patrick's Day Parade In NYC

st patricks day parade nyc midtown places to watch parade times st patricks day parade nycMarch 12, 2014 / Things To Do in Manhattan / Midtown Buzz.  Amid a bit of controversy regarding the admittance of gay participants in the parade, the St. Patrick's Day Parade in NYC will march ahead as planned.  The NYC St Patrick's Day Parade has been around for 253 years, beginning in 1761.

The NYC St Patrick's Day Parade begins in Midtown at 44th Street and Fifth Avenue and ends at 79th Street and Fifth Avenue on the Upper East Side.


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