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NewYork City PARADES
And Annual Events

    March:

St.Patrick's Day & Irish American Parades

April:

Easter Promenade

April Fool's Parade

May:

Memorial Day

Cuban Day Parade

 

It's a Great Day for the Irish, It's a great day for the fair!
The sidewalks of New York are thick with blarney, 
For sure you'd think of New York was ol' Killarney! 
It's a great day for the shamrock 
For the flags in full array.
We're feeling so inspirish,
Sure because for all the Irish, It's a Great, Great, DAY

USA's best St. Patrick's Day celebration is held in
The mysteriously enchanting City of Savanna celebrates St. Patrick's Day with the same exuberance found in New Orleans for Mardi Gras.  One of the South's greatest annual events. Visit this excellent event site for more. 
March TOP

St. Patrick's Day - March 17

Ireland's patron saint drove the snakes out of Ireland and converted the Druid chieftains to Christianity.

St Patrick's Day Parade
When: Tuesday, March 17, 11am
Where: up 5th Ave from 44th to 86th Streets
Tips: A good vantage point is St. Patrick's Cathedral, where the bishop of New York greets the marching pipes and bands... The Insider suggests that you can avoid larger crowds by staying away from "shopping and work-a-day crowds that throng the sidewalks below 59th." ... Don't try to discuss politics with an Irishman and his beer.
More info:
St Patricks Day Parade in our Image Server
Probably the top Irish heritage parade in the Americas with increasing political overtones, huge crowds and plenty of suds for sale.I t is the oldest parade in America, first held in 1766 by Irishmen in a military unit recruited to serve the American colonies.  || by Jim's Deli


red_star.gif (2190 bytes) Brooklyn Irish American Parade
When: weekend nearest March 17
Where: Park Slope beginning at 15 Street and Prospect Park West.
More Info: Kathleen McDonagh, Parade Chairperson, and Peggy Toner, Parade Co-Chairperson.

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Throgs Neck Irish American Parade
When: Usually the Sunday nearest March 17
Where: Lafayette Avenue & E Tremont Avenue to Harding Avenue & Davis Avenue.

"New York City's greatness is tied directly to the millions of immigrants who have come here to build a better life for themselves and their families," the Mayor said. "In doing so they have helped build a great city where we celebrate diversity as the common thread that binds us together. That immigration continues today and it enables us to renew and reinvigorate our City. We will continue to fight the anti-immigrant provisions recently enacted in Washington and we will continue to get the message out that immigration is good for America."
 
New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani 1998

More Parades & Festivals

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Phagwah Parade
When: Mid or late March
Where: Liberty Avenue, Queens
The festival, also called Holi, is highly symbolic and based on an ancient Hindu story about the triumph of good over evil. The red powder and water thrown symbolize the blood of a tyrannical king who was ultimately destroyed by a fire.

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)The Greek Independence Day Parade
When: Sunday closest to March 25 (when Independence Day falls in the Orthodox Lent, the parade is shifted to April or even May)
Where: on 5th Ave to 49th St.
Info
: tel: (718) 204-6500 fax: (718) 204-8986
Nice costumes and floats with waving to the audience.

More March Events
These are usual dates & locations. Make sure to confirm ahead of time!

* New York Armory Antiques Show at 7th Regiment Armory in early March. More info: 914-698-3442, 212-472-1180 or Wendy Antique Shows
* Ladies and gentlemen, children of all ages, the Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey Circus runs from mid-March to early April at Madison Square Garden. Barnum & Bailey Circus by Jim's Deli.
* Triple Pier Antiques Show takes place late March at Piers 88, 90 & 92. More info: 212-255-0020 or Stella Shows
* Earth Day - March 20, every year. The celebration at Central Park includes everything from recycling workshops to typical fair activities such as face painting and live music.
* New York International Children's Film Fesitival takes place over two weeks at varous venues throughout the city. Aimed at ages three to 18, but fun for the whole family.
* Arts of Pacific Asia show takes place in late March at Gramercy Park Armory. Exquisite works from over 65 galleries will be on display. Info: 310 455 2886.
* The Directors/New Films Festival, at Walter Reade Theater and Gramercy Theatre, is dedicated to discovering emerging and overlooked artists, newcomers on the verge of mainstream success and distinguished veterans whose work deserves wider recognition. Late March to early April.

   
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April

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Easter Sunday

Easter Promenade
When: held on Easter Sunday 11am
Where: on 5th from 44th to 57th Streets
More Info:
Easter Day Parade in our Image Server  212 397-8222
The Easter Parade by theinsider.com
dot_clear.gif (54 bytes)An opportunity for New Yorkers to dress up in outrageous Easter bonnets.
Tips: There's also an Egg Rolling Contest in Central Park on the Great Lawn (ages 5-13). Viewing platforms around St. Patrick's Cathedral 

Parades/Festivals

April Fool's Parade (Don't Say You Weren't Warned!)
When: April 1st

Where: Fifth Avenue, from 59th Street to Washington Square Park
Spectators are invited to join the parade dressed as their favorite fool. Upon reaching the end of the parade route, a fool of the year is selected, by audience acclaim from a list of nominees.

Scottish Bagpipers & Drummers Parade
When: First Weekend
Where: 6th Avenue north from 44th to 58th Streets

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Sikh Cultural Society Parade & Festival
When: Late April
Where: Broadway from 41st Street to 27th Street | 27th Street from Broadway to Madison Avenue | Madison Avenue from 27th Street to 23rd Street 

More April Events:
These are usual times and locations. Make sure to check ahead for confirmation.

* The baseball season begins for the Mets and Yankees!
* NYC Ballet Season Begins - late April to June.
* The Annual Village Fair in Greenwich and Eats Village neighborhoods features neighbourhood community exhibits, ethnic food and restaurant booths, gift and general merchants, craft artisans, antique dealers and loads more. More info: 212 809 4900
* Spring Crafts Park Avenue takes place at the beginning of at Seventh Regiment Armory. First weekend. More info: artrider.com
* Big Apple Comic Book, Art & Toy Show at Penn Plaza Pavilion. First weekend.
* Family Bike Fest at Riverside Park, Pier 1. First weekend. More info: Bike New York
* New York International Auto Show at Javits Convention Center. Second weekend. NY International Auto Show by Jim's Deli.
* New York Antiquarian Book Fair at 7th Regiment Armory. More info:212-777-5218. Mid-april.
*24th International Orchid Show at Rockefeller Concourse. Mid-april.
* Manhattan MS Walk in Historic Richmondtown. Mid-April.
* Havana Film Festival features screenings of almost 40 films from throughout the Americas. Late April.
* New York Independent Film & Video Festival at Village East Theater. Late April.
* New York Bicycle Show at 69th Regiment Armory.

 

May

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Memorial Day 
Last Monday in May, Public Holiday

Quotes from Gracie Mansion and Mayor Rudy Giuliani:
"Today and tomorrow, as we remember the fallen heroes who have lost their lives in defense of our democracy....the heroes who served the people of this country...The noble act of saving human lives is the highest demonstration of love. This kind of concern for the safety and well-being of others, this is type of behavior that unites a city."

Memorial Day Parades
Brooklyn 9am; Start: 80th St & 3rd Ave-98 St-4th Ave-101st St
John F. Prince Post 6478 Veteran’s Memorial Day Parade
Queens 9:45am; 90th Ave & Cross Island Pkway-North to Winchester Blvd-South
to 93 Ave-West to Springfield Blvd-South to Jamaica Ave to Vets Plaza
Whitestone Veterans’ Memorial Day Parade
Queens Noon; 149th Street and 15th Drive
US Veterans’ Organization Memorial Day Parade
Staten Island 11:30am; Forest Ave & Hart Blvd to Forest Ave Shopping Mall

Fleet Week has become a Memorial Day tradition, and New York's way of saying "thank you" to members of the Armed Forces. A full range of entertainment is provided for sailors and guests. More Info: Navy Fleet Week.
o add your City to the participation list

May Parades

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Cuban Day Parade
When: First Sunday
Where: 6th Avenue from 44th Street to Central Park South
More info: 212 348 8270.
Over half a million people line the streets to cheer on a lively carnival-style parade.

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Bronx Latinos Unidos Parade
When: First Saturday in May
Where: Grand Concourse from Mt Eden to 161st Street

Global Marijuana March
When: First Saturday in May, throughout the planet.
More info: globalmarijuanamarch.org/  in NYC visit Dana Beal 's www.cures-not-wars.org.  || http://cannabis.wikia.com/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Global_Marijuana_March
The annual Marijuana March has been going on for approximately thirty years.Over 450 cities have participated

Dance Parade

WHEN: This 1st ever happened on a 2007 Saturday in May
WHERE: with a route that started at 32nd Street, heads down Broadway to Union Square, swings West to Fifth Avenue and triumphantly danced itself through Washington Square's memorial Arch to the park for a Dance Festival on four stages.
MORE INFO:
Dance Parade in our Image Server --------- Always confirm dates & times as stuff happens

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Turkish-American Parade
When: Usually Saturday closest to middle of May
Where: 56th Street from Madison to 2nd Avenue | 2nd Avenue to 47th Street

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Haitian Flag Day Parade
When: Sunday, mid-May
Where: Eastern Parkway from Utica Avenue to Grand Army Plaza

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Norwegian-American 17th of May Parade
When: Sunday closest to May 17th
Where: 90th Street and 5th Avenue, north on 5th to 67th Street and 7th Avenue, Brooklyn

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Martin Luther King/ 369th Regiment Parade
When: Third Sunday in May, noon
Where: A procession along 5th Ave from 61st to 86th Streets
More info: 212-397-8222
Celebrate a great man with a message of hope and unity for all god's children.The 369th, composed of African-Americans, was the first American regiment to reach the Rhine.

Salute to Israel Parade
When: Sunday, Late May
Where: 5th Avenue from 61st to 79th Street
More Info: (212) 245-8200 x255
jcrcny.org || JewishPost.com
Embracing the full complement of annual holidays, cultural events,  commemorations,  sites and resources that make New York’s Jewish community so unique
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Beginning in 1964, a showcase of Jewish-American traditions. The parade features 75,000 brilliantly costumed marchers, marching bands and floats. sponsored by private companies and Jewish organizations. Drawing over one million spectators, this highly visible event attracts broad media coverage and demonstrates the Jewish community's commitment to the State of Israel.

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Haitian-American Day Parade
When: Last weekend
Where: Nostrand Avenue from Empire Boulevard to Foster Avenue

red_star.gif (2190 bytes)Greater NY Good Neighbor Parade
When: End of May
Where: Madison Avenue from 41st to 27th Street

More Events
These are usual times and locations. Make sure to check ahead for confirmation!

* The Tribeca Film Festival boasts works from 250 directors in more than 30 genres. Runs from early to mid-May.
* The Big Apple Circus spring engagement has become an NYC tradition.
* American Ballet Theatre
Season at the Met begins in mid-May and runs until early July.
* Harlem Meer Performance Festival starts on Labor Day weekend and runs until late July. More info: 212 860 1370
* Burlesque on the Beach runs from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day weekend at Coney Island. A blend of old-fashioned girlies revues, freak shows, and toe tappin' music.
* Cinco De Mayo (May 5th) celebrates solidarity among Mexican and Latino immigrants to the USA. More in our Carnaval Cinco de Mayo Guide.

First Weekend:
* Annual Five Boro Bike Tour is the first Sunday at Battery Park, Manhattan.
* The Great Saunter is a 32-mile walk through Manhattan. More info: shorewalkers.org || Great Saunter by Jim's Deli
* Join more than 40,000 runners an walkers in the fight against breast and ovarian cancers in the Revlon 5K Run Walk More info: 212-379-3199
* Sakura Matsuri (Cherry Blossom Festival) celebrates the flowering of the cherry trees in Brooklyn's Botanical Gardens. Enjoy Japanese classical dance and folk music, tea ceremonies and traditional food.

Second Weekend:
Rockefeller Center Arts Festival at Rockefeller Center Concourse is a juried show with works in wood, fiber arts and metal, live demonstrations. More info: Rockefeller Center 212-332-6868 or 212-632-3975.
* International Fine Art Fair at 7th Regiment Armory features paintings, drawings and sculpture from the Renaissance to the 1960s by European and American artists. More info:
Haughton International Fairs, 212-642-8572.

Third Weekend:
* Bicycle Film Festival
includes screenings of feature length films and shorts that all have something to do with bicycles.
* New York AIDS Walk
is a 10K walk that begins and ends in Central Park. More info: 212-807-WALK.
* New York Arthritis Walk
is a 3-mile walk. More info: New York Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation or 212-984-8700.

Fourth Weekend:
* Sprout Film Festival
features twenty films and videos presented in six programs attempts to reinforce accurate portrayals of people with developmental disabilities.

Last Weekend:
* Washington Square Outdoor Exhibit in Greenwich Village offers more than 20 blocks of museum- and gallery-quality art. more info: 212-982-6255

 

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