PERSIAN PARADE DAY was held on Saturday March 27, on Madison Avenue in Manhattan between 41st and 27th Streets.
The extravaganza commencing at about 10 in the morning brought thousands of proud Americans of Iranian heritage, complemented by additional many thousands of local NYC residents and other onlooker along the parade line waiving the American and Iranian flags who cheered, sang, danced, kissed and hugged along with several hundred active presenters at the parade on many beautifully decorated floats, carriages, and several marching bands. Despite the rather strenuous time frame of less than six weeks from the time NYC granted the permit, and in lieu of the financial constraints, the organizers were, nonetheless able to compensate such hurdles by over dedications and perseverance thereby presenting a first class parade of such magnitude and scope as their first experience. The NYC public law enforcement officials were so impressed to note the event did not even yield a single minor incident of argument and was concluded so peacefully. Out of the nearly one million Americans of Iranian heritage, it is estimated that one hundreds of them reside in the New York metropolitan four-state (NY-CT-NJ-PA 50 miles vicinity. The only whispering sentiments and unanimous consensus in the crowd was the expression of appreciations toward the primarily unknown few philanthropists and civic leaders in the community who had extended their own personal funds and restless dedications to make the event such a huge success! A four-page PDF pamphlet as attached for your upload, forwarding and printing in your magazine, describing Nowruz, the Persian new years, a brief history of Iran, and the Parade line up as summarized below was distributed in the thousands, and received very warmly.
Article from NY1.com:
Persian Parade Down Madison Avenue Kicks Off Start Of Spring
MARCH 27TH, 2004
The inaugural Persian Parade kicked off a New Year and the start of spring Saturday.
The parade down Madison Avenue celebrated the Nowruz season, which means New Year.
Organizers hope this will become an annual tradition here for Iranian-Americans.
The participants also hope it will go a long way to change the perception of Iranians. Many feel they are negatively associated with elements of the Arab world.
“I guess having this kind of parade just anything Iranian, showing our culture, showing what we are, I think it’s the best way to get our name out,” said one parade goer.
“I think it’s the first time the Iranian community has come together to form such a parade and I hope it keeps going on,” said one man.
“I think I was extremely impressed. It’s the first time in 25 years I can say I’m proud to be Persian,” said another man who watched the parade.
Marchers dressed in a variety of traditional clothes. There was also different music and theatrical performances.
A number of regional and ethnic groups within Iran were also represented.