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New York City to host first AAPI Cultural & Heritage Parade

Who doesn’t love a parade?

The city of New York will hold its first-ever Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Cultural and Heritage Parade in New York City on May 15, 2022, it recently announced.

“As we work to combat a spike in hate crimes, it is important to support and uplift our AAPI brothers and sisters,” said Mayor Eric Adams. “Together, we will recognize the important contributions of AAPI New Yorkers of the past and celebrate the ones to come in the future.”

The parade starts at 10:45 Sunday from 6th Avenue, proceeding north from West 44th Street to West 55th Street.

“This parade signifies a historical moment where Asian, South Asian & Pacific Islander Americans all come together at the heart of our diverse city to celebrate cultures and traditions while amplifying our voice in unity,” said Dr. Bindu Babu, event co-chair, Asian American and Pacific Islander Cultural and Heritage Parade.

Just one day earlier, New York will commemorate Japan Day with a parade to celebrate Japanese Americans and their heritage, scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. on Manhattan’s Central Park West, reports CBS.

Both parades are part of the city’s AAPI Heritage month celebrations.

I never dreamed I would one day lead Korean New Yorkers down sixth avenue for the first Asian Pacific American Heritage Parade,” said John Park, founder, Korean American Community Empowerment Council. “I thank Mayor Adams for finally giving Asian New Yorkers the celebration we deserve!”

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