First AAPI Heritage Parade in New York – NBC New York
New York City will hold its first-ever Asian American and Pacific Islander culture and heritage parade in Manhattan this weekend, Mayor Eric Adams and event organizers announced Wednesday.
The parade is scheduled for Sunday at 10:45 a.m. on Sixth Avenue, from West 44th Street to West 55th Street.
It comes a day after another first for the city: a Japan Day parade to celebrate Japanese Americans and their heritage, scheduled for 1 p.m. Saturday in Manhattan’s Central Park West.
Both parades take place during Asian American Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month and amid activism following a wave of anti-Asian attacks during the coronavirus pandemic.
“As we work to combat a surge in hate crimes, it is important to support and uplift our AAPI brothers and sisters,” Adams said in a statement. “We are proud to announce the first annual Asian American and Pacific Islander Culture and Heritage Parade in New York City and to honor generations of Asian and Pacific Diaspora New Yorkers.”
Dr. Bindu Babu, co-chair of the Asian American and Pacific Islander Cultural and Heritage Parade event, described the parade as a “historic moment”.
“This parade represents a historic moment when Asian, South Asian and Pacific Islander Americans all come together in the heart of our diverse city to celebrate cultures and traditions while amplifying our voice in unity.” , Babu said.
Meanwhile, Wellington Chen, executive director of Chinatown Business Improvement District, said the new event is important for unity.
“In these times of a pandemic and with rising anti-Asian intolerance, division and hatred, it is so important that we all come together to celebrate our collective humanity – in a rare historic parade – because it is time we walk together to show our solidarity,” Chen said in a statement.