12th annual Persian Parade confirmed

The Persian Parade Foundation is proud to announce the annual Persian Parade.

The Persian Parade Foundation is proud to announce the annual Persian Parade to be held on Sunday, April 19, 2015, starting at 12:00 p.m. The parade will start from the famed Madison Avenue at 38th Street and continue to 26th Street.

This year marks the 12th anniversary of the largest Persian parade around the globe. The Persian Parade is a non political, non religious cultural event celebrating the culture, traditions, and contributions Persians have made to the global community, and is dedicated to all Iranian and people of Persian descent across the globe.

The parade will have representation from many Persia’s richly diverse and large religious and ethnic communities including Muslims, Christian/Armenian, Jews, Zoroastrians, Baha'is, Kurds, Baluchies, Turkish and people of Caspian region just to name a few. All of these diverse groups will be participating in the Persian Parade. They will not promote their religious beliefs or political ideologies, but will celebrate their great Persian heritage. One of the main threads that bring our community together is the celebration of the Persian New Year "Nowruz", which literally means "new day" and coincides with the arrival of the first day of Spring. Nowruz, the New Year, is celebrated in Iran as well as many other nations such as Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, and the Kurdish territories. While many cultures celebrate the change in seasons, few are as ancient, colorful and rich in symbolism as the traditional ceremonies for the beg
inning of the Persian New Year. Nowruz is all about new beginnings and renewal. With the first day of spring, the New Year celebration represents rebirth and hope and Nowruz is a way for our children to celebrate and learn about their cultural background. The range and variety of Nowruz celebrations reflect the richness and diversity of Persian culture in the United States, which includes the people of many nations and ethnic backgrounds that were once part of the great Persian Empire.

Record cheering crowds of Iranian Americans, tourists and Americans of all nationalities will attend the event, with many people travelling from all over the US as well as from overseas to witness it. The colorful annual parade will feature a large number of activities, musical acts, dance ensembles, flags, floats, performers, marchers, and dignitaries, and will again be an impressive display of Persian pride.

The parade will start at 12:00 PM with the New York Police Department band playing the Iranian and United State of America National Anthems. New York Police Officers from the Horse Mounted Unit will officially start the march by carrying the Flags of United State of America and the historical flag of Iran (The Lion,
Sun Motif). The Police Band and Dignitaries will lead the parade procession which will include many floats, dancers, and marching groups. The Parade concludes at Madison Avenue Park where the post parade celebration will continue with music, dancing and feasting on Persian cuisines. The Persian Parade Foundation Board of Directors and Trustees encourages everyone to join and celebrate this great occasion with us. We also would like to extend our greatest gratitude and appreciation to the New York Police, Park Services, and the Sanitation departments for their great support and corporation. Multiple media organizations will broadcast the Parade across the globe, including multiple US based Iranian TV stations. More information regarding the events can be found on the homepage of the Persian Parade: www.persianparade.com