Jessica Mousseau is a copywriter & copy editor from the United States. Her work can be viewed at: www.jessicamousseau.com.
Published May 24th 2011
New York is called the melting pot of America. Ellis Island was and still is the site for much of the immigration traffic that America gets each year.
For this reason, as well as for the fact that everyone, of any ethnic origin, loves a chance to celebrate, there are almost as many ethnic parades held during the month of May in New York City as there are ethnic groups. These parades can be held in any of the five boroughs, as well as Long Island and other areas. So, find the parade that celebrates your ethnic heritage (or just adopt one-or more, if you like) and take the whole family.
Cinco de Mayo Parade
This parade is always held on the Sunday that is closest to Cinco de Mayo. In 2011, that date is May 9. The parade starts at 12:00 noon, at Central Park West in Manhattan, and goes from 110th Street to 72nd Street.
Norwegian-American 17th of May Parade
This parade is held in Brooklyn, and is also generally held on the Sunday closest to May 17. The 2011 parade will be held Sunday, May 15, at 1:30 PM. The parade starts at 5th Avenue and 89th Street and proceeds to 67th Street.
Puerto Rican Day Parade
There are two of these—the huge one which will be held in Manhattan and the Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade. The Bronx Puerto Rican Day Parade will be held on Sunday, May 15, 2011, from 2:00 PM until 5:00 PM at the Grand Concourse.
The Manhattan Puerto Rican Day Parade will be held on June 12, 2011. The Manhattan Puerto Rican Day Parade will start at 5th Avenue and 44th Street, and end at 5th Avenue and 79th Street.
Turkish-American Day Parade
This year (2011) the Turkish-American Day Parade will be held on May 21 at 12:30 PM. This parade is generally held on the third Saturday in May, and this is the date it falls on this year. The parade route follows Madison Avenue in Manhattan, from 56th to 47th Streets
Salute to Israel Parade
Sunday, June 5, 2011, will be the day for the Salute to Israel. Festivities include a parade, which will start at 11:00 AM and last until 4:00 PM. The parade will go on, no matter what the weather is like. The parade runs from 5th Avenue at 57th Street to 5th Avenue and 79th Street.
This parade is held to mark the celebration of Israel becoming a Nation. This is the 63rd year of this momentous occasion (Israel became a Nation on May 14, 1948).
Haitian-American Day Parade
This parade is traditionally held in Brooklyn on the last Sunday in May (that will be the 29th of May in 2011). The parade is part of HaitianSpringFest, and follows a route of Norstrand Avenue from Empire Boulevard to Foster Avenue, then Foster Avenue to New York Avenue.
The parade starts at 11:00 AM and ends at 7:00 PM, when the SpringFest portion of the celebration begins. That celebration includes Haitian music, entertainment, and of course, food.
If you plan on going to the Haitian-American Day Parade and other festivities, please be aware that backpacks, bags, and other articles or items being carried will be checked by New York Police.