Reports say that the event, which is the largest gathering of Nigerians outside of the homeland, also marked Nigeria’s 57th independence anniversary.
The Parade Route, which began at Second Avenue on E. 54th Street, ended at E. 44th Street at Nigeria House, New York.
Among the several Nigerian groups that actively participated were the Igbo Organisation, USA, Faith-based organisations, Nigerian Nurses Association of USA, Organisation for the Advancement of Nigerians and cultural troupes.
State associations in the U.S. were also represented, while several decorated carnival floats and green-white-green flags and costumes added colour to the event.
Personnel of the New York Police Department shut down half of the Second Avenue from 54th Street to 44th Street to motorists for the Parade by the various groups.
The Cherubim and Seraphim Churches in USA ws adjudged with having the best Parade Float while the Nigerian Nurses Association won the second position and the ATiDE group came third.
The Parade was followed by the Independence Day Festival at Dag Hammarskjold Plaza near the UN Headquarters.
The whole of 47th Street on First and Second Avenues were blocked by Nigerians and spectators from other countries at the event.
Thousands of Nigerian youths also had the best of time as they had a good and enjoyable time singing and dancing to Nigerian music.
The spectators also danced, sang and celebrated the night away as Nigerian DJs were on-hand spinning the most popular Nigerian and African hits.
The event coincided with the New York African Restaurant Week, featuring more than 25 restaurants and food vendors representing cuisines from various parts of Africa.
There were also several exhibitors and vendors across fashion, arts, culture, and community organisations.