Thousands of Nigerians unite for Independence Parade in New York

A cross section of Nigerians during the Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New on Saturday

Thousands of Nigerians converged on New York for the 26th Nigerian Independence Day Parade to celebrate Nigeria’s 57th Independence Day anniversary

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.

Some officials of the Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the UN and Consulate-General standing in front of Nigeria House, New York during the Nigerian Independence Day Parade

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.

Some members of Akwa Ibom State Association during the Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York

Nationals of several countries also joined in the parade with Ghanaian contingent having their carnival float.

Ghana nationals in U.S. joined Nigerians at the Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York

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.

One of the groups that participated at the Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York

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.

Nigerians trooped out in their thousands for the Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York

Known as the largest celebration of Nigeria outside the homeland, the 26th annual Nigerian Independence Day Parade celebrated the very best of Nigeria’s food, music and people.

Thousands of Nigerian youths also had the best of time as they had a good and enjoyable time singing and dancing to Nigerian music.

Nigerian youths had the best of time at the Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York

The event also showcased Nigeria’s unique culture and promoted the positive image of Nigeria to the rest of the world as several onlookers joined in dancing to the Nigerian music.

Nigerian youth enjoying a good time at the Independence Day Parade

There was also celebration of Nigerian music, food as participants of all ages wore their favourite cultural attires.

The spectators also danced, sang and celebrated the night away as Nigerian DJs were on-hand spinning the most popular Nigerian and African hits.

Stage performance at the Nigerian Independence Day Parade

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.

Stage performance at the 26th Nigerian Independence Day Parade in New York

 

Miss Lagos, Miss Anambra, Miss Edo and Miss Osun (Miss Nigerian Independence Parade 2017) at the Festival in New York

(TNE)

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